CS Magoha, TSC Boss Nancy Macharia Summoned

National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi has summoned Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia.

Muturi on Tuesday directed the two to appear before Parliament Education Committee over teachers crisis in Northern Kenya.

Early this year, teachers begun fleeing the region amid fears of increasing Al-Shabaab attacks.

This is despite assurances by government agencies that they have enhanced security in areas considered to be terror hotspots.

The Al-Qaeda linked group has stepped up attacks in counties bordering Somalia since December 2019.

In the two months, the Somalia-based ragtag militia has carried out more than 10 attacks in both the Northern and Coastal regions that have left at least 25 people dead.

The situation mirrors the 2018 mass exodus that saw hundreds of teachers leave Wajir County following an attack on Qarsa Primary School when insurgents killed three people including two teachers.

A section of teachers from Garissa and Mandera were also transferred.

At least 250 schools were forced to close due to lack of teachers while those that remained open were run by headteachers and a few tutors.

Two days ago, Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale wanted TSC and  Professor Magoha summoned before Parliament to explain the measures they are taking to mediate the education crisis in the North-Eastern Region.

Duale, who is also the Garissa Township MP noted that most national government programmes on new Competency Based Curriculum and 100 per cent secondary schools transitions have stalled as a result of the actions by TSC to withdraw teachers on security grounds.

The Majority Leader was speaking after he met with over 180 volunteer teachers drawn from different educational institutions in Garissa who were recruited to plug in the gap following TSC action.

Duale said Magoha and TSC CEO Nancy Macharia ought to appear before the House Education Committee as he lamented that the TSC had blatantly discriminated against the region.

Now that the two have been summoned, do you think a solution on the crisis facing the Northern region of Kenya will be reached?

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