Busia County, Kenya Union of Post Primary and Tertiary Education Teachers (KUPPET) branch wants pupils uncomfortable with the government’s, form one placements to join schools of own choice.
The branch Executive Secretary Moffats Okisai urged Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed to allow the students not comfortable with the placement under the Ministry of education’s NEMIS system to access schools of their own selection.
Speaking to the press in Busia town on Friday, Okisai stated that the students should be allowed to report to schools before their details are even forwarded to the Ministry.
“We are perturbed and alarmed by the proclamation by the CS that letters that have been issued legally by the Principals in our institutions were being invalidated,” he said.
He urged the CS to enhance motivation, collaboration and teamwork in the education sector adding that nobody has a monopoly of ideas.
“Let the students report to schools where they have been placed and thereafter Principals can capture their NEMIS details and submit the same to the Ministry,” he said.
The official further argued that withdrawing of letters issued outside NEMIS was bound to raise uproar and confusion in the Education sector.
“So we are requesting that she withdraws that particular circular because it demoralises and causes a lot of confusion,” he said, adding, that the CS seems to be trying to micro manage Principals in their areas of work.
Okisai at the same time called upon stakeholders from Busia County to engage concerted efforts in the Education sector adding that last year’s KCSE results were disappointing.
The union official challenged the task force that was formed to handle education issues in the county to implement its findings instead of leaving the documents to gather dust.
Okisai at the same time urged TSC to decentralize some of its services stating that some male teachers had been deployed to head girls’ schools.
By Salome Alwanda