Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary general Wilson Sossion has asked teachers to obey directives from their employer as learning resumes.
On Monday, the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) ordered teachers to report back to work by September 28, 2020.
Sossion urged all schools to admit all learners including girls who fell pregnant during the closure occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If a girl is pregnant, bring them back to school. We shall support them and even if it means giving the nutrition support until they deliver,” he said.
He added: “All girls and boys must come back to school regardless of the challenges and situations they have been.”
He urged the union to work with the TSC to establish a gender desk which will cushion children and teachers from the risks and dangers of gender-based violence.
“We must establish a gender desk and the desk in every school must be recognised and it must have a strong committee to be able to deal with these issues on a continuous basis so that we don’t make news with statements. Statements mean nothing if it does not translate to action,” Sossion said.
TSC boss Nancy Macharia asked the tutors who are ready to start reporting to work any time. “I want to ask teachers to report to work as from September 28. I believe our teachers are ready and can start even reporting from today,” said the TSC boss.
Education CS George Magoha said the school resumption was not cast on stone but urged teachers to return to work anytime before Monday.
“The teachers can come latest next week, but if you love your school and you live near there you can report starting from today.
“Due to delocalization, it is still fine if you arrive on the 28th as the last date,” noted Magoha.