Havi backtracks, vows to defend teachers against new ‘oppressive’ TSC program
Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Nelson Havi has retracted his earlier stand and vowed to defend teachers against new training proposal by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
In a statement on Sunday, Havi said he would defend teachers in honor of his parents who were teachers.
"After reflecting on what would have been good for my late father and my mother, both of whom were great teachers, I have changed my mind.
"I will act for teachers to challenge the oppressive Teacher Professional Development Programme imposed by the TSC. Let us get started," he posted on his Facebook page.
Havi had earlier blamed teachers for 'oppressive' moves by the TSC, which he said could have been easily avoided if Wilson Sossion was still the Secretary General of Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
"Teachers, you left Wilson Sossion to be fought to exhaustion by the State. KNUT withdrew all cases against the State when you replaced Sossion with a secretary of ‘your preferred choice’.
"Please, stop calling me to challenge the directive by TSC that you be trained afresh," he stated.
According to the new TSC directive, all public school teachers will be required to renew their professional certificates at select institutions after every five years.
Speaking during the rolling out of the Teacher Professional Development Programme on Wednesday, September 22, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia affirmed that all 340,000 staff would enrol in the new modules.
The professional training consists of six modules whereby each module lasts for five years.
All teachers will be required to pay Ksh6,000 per module.