The fate for a number of teachers who had applied to be enlisted as Census officials hang in the balance after their employer the TSC send a warning letter to Kenya National Burea and Statistics body warning them against recruiting teachers.
The TSC through a letter addressed to County Statistics Officer in Mandera county, warned that the teaching body was planning to continue undertaking new curriculum training in the August Holiday hence making it impossible for the teachers to be enrolled in the census jobs.
Here is part of the statement from the memo;
Re: Engagement of Teachers in The Forthcoming National Census as Officials
The teaching service is undergoing many changes due to the introduction of the New Curriculum and teachers goes through training during the August holidays.
This will not be possible if the teachers are involved in the forthcoming census exercise.
I, therefore, remind you to be aware of this program to avoid conflict. The purpose of this letter is to ask you not to recruit teachers for the exercise
The letter which is copied to the Teachers Service Commission in Nairobi, and the County Commissioner Mandera, said the teachers should not be listed for the job as this will cause absenteeism.
The latest move by the ministry will further fuel the debate on whether the employed civil servants should be recruited as officials or the jobs left out for the thousands of unemployed youths in the country.
Gatundu south member of parliament Moses Kuria and his Ainabkoi counterpart William Chepkut have called for civil servants to be barred from applying for the Census jobs.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula also joined the calls castigating a move by some civil servants who took leave to take up the Census jobs at the expense of unemployed youths.
“It is so unfortunate that as recruitment for the census is on, so employed individuals have taken leave to participate in the exercise yet we have several educated and jobless youths who can take up the jobs,” Said Hon Wetangula in Nairobi