Irene Githinji @gitshee
Non-local teachers working in Mandera are now seeking immediate transfers from their current workstations over what they term as violation of their rights. The teachers petitioned the Parliament yesterday to move them to other work stations over mistreatment by headteachers, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officials at the county level as well as the local community.
They said they suffer discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress and language and are usually referenced by undignified derogatory terms.
The teachers urged the National Assembly to urgently consider their petition and investigate the matter and make appropriate recommendations including, the Government acknowledging the severity of the situation in North Eastern and the lack of urgency in resolving it.
The teachers said the failure of Interior, Education and Devolution ministries alongside TSC to provide security, a conducive working environment and promote national unity are in breach of their constitutional duty to protect them.
“TSC should immediately transfer petitioners (teachers) from their workstations in North Eastern Kenya to a more conducive work environment in the country,” the petitioners prayed.
They also want Interior, Labour and Education Ministries as well as TSC to develop a plan and roll out a program to ensure fostering of national cohesion, integration and a conducive working environment for all Kenyans living and working in North Eastern Kenya.
“We have for a long time persevered under the insecure environment with the hope that the Government will observe its duty to protect its citizenry … instead, insecurity has rampantly increased in the last few months, with teachers being a greater target of the attacks. Two teachers were killed on February 16,” the teachers said.