Duale says Sossion’s call to non-local teachers to leave NE over attacks was betrayal

Monday January 11 2016

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale speaking in Garissa. He accused Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion of betraying residents of north eastern Kenya by asking non-local teachers to leave following deadly terrorist attacks. PHOTO | ABDIMALIK HAJIR | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ABDIMALIK HAJIR
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National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has accused the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion of betraying residents of north-eastern Kenya by urging non-local teachers to leave when they needed them most.

Speaking when he met with school heads from his Garissa Township Constituency, Mr Duale, however, commended local school administrators for posting sterling performance despite mass exodus of teachers from other parts of the country as a result of increased terror attacks witnessed in the region from 2014.

Garissa Township posted a mean score of 289.1 in the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam.

This was an improvement from the 2014 results in which the constituency had a mean score of 261.15 while in 2013 the mean score stood at 244.4.

Mr Duale said it was unfortunate that Mr Sossion “provoked” teachers from other parts of the country to leave the region with little regard for the thousands of children and their parents from the region.

He said after the country's worst terrorist attack on Garissa University College that claimed the lives of 148 Kenyans, the Knut boss proposed that the institution be turned into a military training camp, a thing he said was not expected from Sossion who leads the giant teachers’ union.

SUPPORT FROM KENYANS

He said the people of Garissa needed the support of other Kenyans most when terrorists wanted to divide Kenyans along religious lines, adding that many Kenyans came out to stand with people of the region yet the Knut secretary-general was urging teachers to abandon classes.

"Sossion betrayed the people of this region by inciting non-local teachers but we thank other Kenyans who stood by us during the hour of need. We also appreciate teachers who remained behind to ensure children perform," he told school heads at a Garissa hotel.

Mr Duale attributed the performance of schools in his constituency to resources pumped into the education sector through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), adding that education will be given priority to ensure children learn in a better environment.

Mr Duale at the same time lauded the reopening of the Garissa University College which was closed nine month ago after the April 2, 2015 terrorist attack.

He said the reopening of the only university in the region shows the country can move forward and people are not deterred by wicked people out to destroy the country.