TSC transfers teachers from areas prone to attacks in Wajir

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Al Shabaab Militants (credit : twitter reuters)

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has begun transferring teachers from insecure areas to safer ones within Wajir County following a recent terror attack in Garissa which left three teachers dead.

Teachers have expressed fear for their lives due to the resurgence of Al-Shabaab attacks in northern Kenya.

On Monday, heavily armed militants conducted a pre-dawn raid in Kamuthe, Garissa County, and executed the male teachers. A week earlier, suspected Al-Shabaab militants carried out a similar attack at Saretho Primary School killing four pupils.

The two incidents have left teachers working in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties in great fear, forcing some of them to flee from their work stations while others have demanded immediate transfers.

Solomon Leseewa, Wajir County TSC Director told journalists that teachers working along the Kenyan-Somalia border have already been given transfer letters to schools believed to be safe. “All these teachers have already been issued with letters and have been posted to schools that are located in secure places within the county,” he said.

This move is likely to affect education in some schools within the county as there are currently no immediate replacements for the transferred teachers. But unlike in the past when teachers were moved to other parts of the country, this time round they are being transferred within the county.

There was a mass exodus of teachers from the region in 2018 after Al-Shabaab militants attacked Qarsa Primary School in Wajir East killing three people including two teachers.

The attack almost brought education in the county to its knees after several schools were closed due to lack of teachers.

Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion called on Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to convene an urgent meeting to discuss the security of teachers following the Garissa terror attack.