I have spoken to Uhuru, expect an announcement – Raila addresses North Eastern teachers’ crisis

I have spoken to Uhuru, expect an announcement - Raila addresses North Eastern teachers' crisis
ODM leader Raila Odinga and North Eastern leaders at the BBI rally in Garissa on February 23, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

Insecurity and the crisis occasioned by the transfer of non-local teachers from North Eastern Kenya dominated the BBI rally held in Garissa on Sunday.

ODM leader Raila Odinga who was the guest of honour at the rally said he had spoken to President Uhuru Kenyatta and that there will be an announcement next week on the way forward.

“There is nothing painful as seeing children go to school and there are no teachers. We have to find a solution. First we have to be bring teachers and also take affirmative action,” said the ODM leader.

“I spoke with President Uhuru Kenyatta before I came here and I’m going back to speak to him again. This coming week you will see an announcement.”

According to Mr. Odinga, the North Eastern region needs affirmative action that will see locals who score C minus and D+ taken in for training as teachers.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) earlier this month dropped transferred all non-local teachers in Garissa County following targeted terror attacks in the North Eastern region.

The teachers were issued with transfer letters to the new stations, with the commission further urging non-local teachers based in Mandera and Wajir to visit TSC offices at their original counties for further direction.

On Saturday a group of youths had printed t-shirts with the message “No teachers No BBI” seemingly in support of sentiments by local leaders that BBI should first address the issues affecting the Northern region including insecurity and lack of teachers.

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