The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has finally made a decision to reinstate back to the register of teachers twenty one of the forty Knut teachers who were kicked out of the payroll for allegedly taking part in disrupting CBC training.
Its roughly a year and a half since the teachers employer, TSC, interdicted the more than one hundred and sixty teachers for causing chaos in CBC workshops. TSC and ministry of education had organized training for teachers scheduled for April last year but it turned out chaotic after a call to boycott the training by Knut turned to physical eviction of teachers from the training centres.
Out of the one hundred and sixty interdicted teachers forty got dismissed after they failed to convince TSC disciplinary panels that they were innocent of the offences. Most of them were Knut branch Secretaries, Chairmen and BEC’s. But a good number totaling one hundred and twenty eight had their cases heard and received favorable verdict since they were all reinstated.
However TSC reviewed their cases after they appealed the earlier decision. There has been calls to reinstate the teachers back to the teachers register mostly from the political leaders from areas where most of the teachers got dismissed by their employer.
Homabay MP Mr Peter Opondo Kaluma had been on the forefront fighting for reinstatement of these teachers and payment made to beneficiaries of those who died as a result of the dismissals.
A decision had been made in parliament that by August this year the dismissed teachers should have their cases concluded by their employer, TSC.
Mr. Peter Kaluma while making the submissions had emphasized on speedy conclusion of the matter to save the lives of the suffering teachers.
It was also in the assembly sessions that an agreement was made that payments be made as compensation for those who died while on interdiction or as a result of dismissals.
Its a relief for the teachers who have been in the cold for a long time now following the TSC decision to stop their pay. The dismissed teaches were given ninety days to appeal the decision. However only twenty one teachers have officially been reinstated back to the register of teachers. TSC is yet to confirm reinstatement of nineteen others who were summarily dismissed and their names struck from the register of teachers.