KNUT wants counties to stop recruiting teachers


KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sosion
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sosion

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) now wants county governments stopped from employing teachers.

In an application to the High Court, KNUT is seeking orders prohibiting all county governments from recruiting, appointing or employing teachers including the Early Childhood Development (ECDE) educators.

KNUT further wants the High Court to declare that only the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has a legal mandate to recruit, appoint and register teachers in Kenya, including those of ECDE.

According to the teachers’ union, county governments in January started placing adverts in the media inviting applications for the positions of ECDE teachers, an action it (KNUT) terms unconstitutional, null and void.

Justice Isaac Lenaola directed that the matter be mentioned on September 26th, 2015.

According to the Inter-Governmental Relations Act, pre-primary education, village polytechnics, home craft centres and childcare facilities have been placed under the county governments.

On the other hand, the national government is mandated to develop education policies, standards, curricula, examinations and the granting of university charters.

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