President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday said the teachers’ delocalisation policy will be reviewed to ensure it does not break up families.
President Kenyatta said he had received concerns that some families have been affected by transfer of school administrators to other counties.
“We are reviewing the policy guidelines on delocalisation of teachers to ensure that it is not implemented to the detriment of families,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta directed Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to finalise the review by the end of this month.
He underscored the role the sector plays in actualising the ‘Big Four’ development agenda.
“Without requisite education, our ‘Big Four’ agenda will remain a dream. It is on this understanding that my administration has committed to ensuring that every Kenyan child receives high quality and holistic education.”
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has been calling for the policy’s review, accusing the Teachers Service Commission of making decisions before consulting them.
He said teachers will go on strike next month if the policy is not abolished.
TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia argued that delocalisation is meant to enhance national cohesion.
On the issue of school title deeds, Mr Kenyatta also asked Ms Mohamed to speed up the process of reclaiming grabbed public school lands by end of December.
More importantly, he urged parents to help teachers in disciplining in their children.
Similarly, Ms Mohamed said her ministry is working jointly with the Interior ministry and the TSC to come up with strategies of enhancing good behaviour among learners.
She praised schools managed by the Catholic Church because they have reported few cases of unruliness.
Commission for Education and Religious Education Chairman Rev Paul Kariuki Njiru said they support school reforms.
“The interest of the child is paramount and should not be compromised,” he said.