Hundreds of of non-local teachers working in Marsabit County are demanding that TSC offices move them to other areas starting Monday. The majority of transfer seekers are from neighboring Samburu County.
It follows ,an attack by unidentified assailtants last week that targeted three non-ocal teac:hers in the Forol area.
One teacher, Jeremy lapan Longenje, was killed and two others were seriously shot. The disturbed region largely depends on teachers from other parts of Kenya and therefore, the decision by many non-local teachers demanding transfers could affect the learning exercise in the region.
Led by Dixon Lengort they alleged that the bandit attacks were targeting non-locals who work in Marsabit County.
Mr Lengori urged TSC to shift them to safer places to prevent more deaths. “We are not guaranteed safety and we believe non-locals are being targeted in Marsabit County.
Therefore, we urge TSC to move us out of the area and move us to safer locations.
However, TSC did not say whether it would allow the transfers.
In February this year, the Kenya National Union of Teachers call urged on the National government to improve safety in bandit-prone areas which could guarantee normal learning activities in schools found in the regions
KNUT general secretary Collins Oyu said it is the responsibility of the national government to ensure that every teacher is as safe as any other citizen.
“Teachers have those who depend on them every day. The national government has to ensure security improvements in the bandit-prone areas of Kapedo, Baragoi and other areas so that teachers can continue to discharge their responsibility uninterruptedly,” Oyuu said.
He said the never-ending insecurity in northern Kenya has affected quality education. “We are aware of the insecurity in these volatile areas. We appeal to the state to ensure the safety of children and teachers as education is also important in changing the perceptions of marginalized communities.
Mr. Oyuu also noted that the delocalization policy is harming families as it deprives married teachers relocating to far-flung areas the right to enjoy time with their families. Despite significant progress in education, northeastern counties have lagged behind, blaming inadequate teaching staff, harsh climatic conditions, and insecurity.