KUSNET seeks help for disabled children

KUSNET Secretary-General James Torome.

By Ben Leshau

Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) wants the Ministry of Education to increase capitation funds to support special needs students.

Speaking after conducting national elections at a hotel in Narok North constituency, KUSNET Secretary General James Torome said the union is focused on service delivery for special needs teachers as well as the special needs students.

“Unlike other able-bodied learners, special interest learners need more funds. The Education Ministry should, therefore, add more funds to this group,” said Torome.

He urged the Ministry of Education to ensure that students are provided with proper infrastructure to allow ease of access to classrooms and other amenities within their schools.

The Secretary General who was elected unopposed further called on union members to hold their horses on matters concerning the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) insisting that the union will make a major announcement on July 1, 2021.

He said that the union has a membership of over 9,001 teachers, and is targeting to have an increase to 18,000 teachers.

Torome cautioned that if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) signs the Collective Bargaining Agreement then any member who would like to join the union would be fined.

Moses Kendagor who is a special needs teacher said that there is a need for the government to look into the plight of visually impaired students who use Braille.

He said that they are limited due to the high cost of learning equipment, adding that the capitation fee should be increased from the current Sh2,100 per student.

Charity Machocho who is a trustee at KUSNET stated that special needs students face a myriad of challenges, pointing out that more resources should be channeled to special needs education.

She urged the government to supply face masks and sanitizers to the special needs schools for the sake of improving health care for the students.

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