Sossion Drums Support for BBI
By The Coast Reporter
Teachers have been told to embrace the Building Bridges Initiative Bill since its governance will help in getting a lasting solution to their long-standing grievances.
Wilson Sossion, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary general, said improved governance stipulated in the Bill will be a boon for teachers.
Overseeing Mombasa branch union elections, Mr Sossion told his members that BBI had many benefits that would ensure every part of the country gets its rightful share of the national cake.
According to him it (BBI) will improve the governing of this country with the presidency more responsible in respecting the law and institutions.
He said BBI has several advantages to this nation especially teachers as their unions will have a say when it comes to negotiations and amicable solutions to their tribulation.
The outspoken nominated MP and unionist added that through BBI ministers will be appointed from parliament hence making governance easy as the voice of the people will be well represented.
On matters of delocalization of teachers, Mr Sossion said the move does not promote cohesion as perceived but has led to many families falling apart.
DELAYED PENSION PAYMENTS
The GM called on Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to ensure retired teachers were paid their dues and pensions on time as saying many have languished in poverty waiting for pensions in the past.
Meanwhile, the National Parliament Committee on Education and Research has called on Education agents and security apparatus to help curb unrests experienced in the secondary schools for the last one month.
Led by Migori County women representative Pamela Odhiambo, the committee cited a number of factors that have led to the unrests including haphazard transfer of teachers, especially at the time when national exams are about to commence.
The committee has however given several recommendations including serious dialogue between parents, teachers and students through the students’ representatives and students councils to arrest the situation.
It has also called for the government to disburse capitation funds to schools on time for schools to provide and pay for essential services on time.