The Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary-General Akello Misori has called on the Ministry of Education to urgently re-publish the term dates. In a statement, Misori urged the Education Ministry to address the uncertainties around the resumption of learning on 10-May for primary and secondary schools. He also appealed to the Ministry to expeditiously address the financial constraints in schools ahead of the re-opening to avert activities in many schools to ground to a halt.

He noted that Head-teachers and Principals are unable to meet some of the obligations to staff, utility providers, and suppliers. Equally, Misori urged the government to address the teacher shortage in schools noting that the 100 percent transition to secondary school policy and establishment of new classes had shown that the country suffered a shortage of 97,000 teachers. He said the deficit would worsen as some 25,000 teachers would be retiring on June-30. He appealed to the Teachers Service Commission to absorb the current intern teachers into permanent employment and recruit at least 50,000 new teachers in the next financial year in a bid to meet the demands of the Competency-Based Curriculum.

By AM

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