DAILY NATION: Teachers oppose CS plan over poor scores

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Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion (right) chats with Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i at a past event. Teachers have faulted Matiang’i' over plans to take action against principals whose schools recorded poor results in last year’s KCSE examinations. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Teachers have faulted Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for his announcement that the government will take action against principals whose schools recorded poor results in last year’s KCSE examinations.

While the teachers agree that action needs to be taken to improve performance, they claim Dr Matiang’i’s approach was ridiculous and meant to intimidate them.

Clement Gicharu, the Kenya National Union of Teachers Kiambu East executive secretary, and a number of principals, who spoke on condition of anonymity for the fear of reprisals, said the minister should embrace a holistic approach while dealing with the issue, but should not target teachers alone.

According to Mr Gicharu, apart from teachers, there are many other factors that could contribute to poor performance for any school, among them student ability, how effectively education stakeholders work together and the environment.

He added: “We (Knut) will not allow him (Matiang’i) to cause unnecessary fear and panic among the teachers. We have been supporting his activities, but on this one, we are not with him and we will not allow him [to] take that route.”