CS Fred Matiangi and Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion nearly fought in exchanged on phone over the new measures to stem exam cheating.The row ensued after Sossion objected the new rules introduced last week by the CS banning midterms, visiting days, prayers’ day and all other social activities during schools’ third term. While Fred matiangi remained adamant the rules were enacted after adequate consultation with all stakeholders.
In a text message to Sossion on Saturday, Dr Matiang’i explained that he had consulted widely with teachers unions including KNUT whose chairman Mudzo Nzili was present before announcing the changes.
The Cabinet Secretary went on: “You were on leave, I was told. I did not know KNUT is Sossion and Sossion is KNUT”, the message was quoted by the Nation.
On the other side, the Secretary General took issue with the message terming it “Unacceptable”. He added that the union had the mandate to oppose the new rules.
Sossion urged the CS to deal with KNEC officials and security forces as that was the main weakness that resulted to exam cheating. He maintained that KNUT has the right to oppose the new rules until proper consultation were made