The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has brushed aside a proposal to issue teachers with guns to protect themselves against frequent attacks in the North-eastern region.

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 Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Session said that teachers are keepers of the peace, and cannot be allowed to carry guns on duty, a thing he said would scare away students.

“The role of a teacher in a classroom is to bring happiness to the learners, to deliver learning and generate joy. In line with sustainable development agenda, we must graduate children who are thinking of peace in all our institutions and not violence,” Sossion said, as quoted by Capital FM.

KNUT is against the idea of giving guns to teachers noting that it was an ill act and not to be contemplated at all by anyone.

“We cannot do that by introducing guns. Anybody recommending that is either insane or ignorant and I do not think that is the direction we should go,” noted the KNUT SG. 

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) had proposed that teachers in attacks-prone areas be allowed to have guns.

However, KNUT proposes that TSC deploys teachers within their locality so as to shield them against continued attacks against non-locals by terrorists.