NAIROBI—Wajir South legislator has termed the teacher’s employer “xenophobic”.
Mohamed Adow was reacting to the treatment of Northeastern counties by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
The only solution to the teacher crisis in North Eastern region is and remains the training and recruitment of local teachers. We can't expect anything good to come out of the xenophobic TSC. We in #WajirSouth have long recognised that. We are training hundreds of our own.
— Hon. Mohammed Adow (@Moadow) August 31, 2023
His remarks came days after teachers based in the North Eastern part of the county on Tuesday stormed the Teachers Service Commission headquarters in Nairobi seeking transfers.
In a video shared by Citizen Digital, the teachers expressed that there were increased insecurities in the region and demanded to be transferred to other regions.
“Hatuwezisindikizwa na kifaru(military armed vehicle) kama sisi ni bangi, cocaine ama heroine, hapa tumekataa, na imagine kifaru amekaa nyuma ya basi, inamaanisha nini? Enda ukufe mbele, ” one of the teachers lamented.
Eldas MP, Adan Keynan said: “When one decides to become a teacher, they have no choice on where they will serve. Insecurity is not a problem exclusive to the region. However, this should bolster our bid to have a local solution to this recurring matter.”
EDUCATIONIST and former Principal of Mandera Secondary School, Mohamed Abdinoor wonders why "non-local teachers with TSC numbers are the target of Al-Shabab attacks, but their counterparts in the private schools are safe." pic.twitter.com/8Vsz9GYqlb
— Kulan Post (@kulanpost) August 30, 2023
Former Mandera County Senator, Billow Kerrow also delved into the debate, noting that: “These teachers are con, fraudsters. They apply for jobs in Mandera on their own volition, and after getting it, engage in Victorian melodrama seeking transfers to their homes. Regrettably, TSC/GoK invariably share the same mindset and endorse such deceitful behaviour. Other professionals and businessmen have no qualms working /living in the region.”
Mandera West MP, Adan Haji rubbished the mass call for transfer of teachers from the region, saying it can’t be tolerated.
“Request of transfer is unexceptable and cannot be tolerated any more. It’s time to prioritize local educators for the benefit of our community. There should be no more posting of non local teachers to Northern Kenya. We would not allow our region to be used as a hiring bureau.”
TSC TEACHERS scapegoating on Al-Shabab threat for TRANSFER should be told Mandera County has over 10,000 non-locals working across the county. What's so special with only TSC teachers?
A good number also work in Somalia's border town (Bullhawa) across from Mandera.
They should… pic.twitter.com/kPP6CO7lfi
— H.E. Dr. Ali Maalim (@alimaalim) August 30, 2023