A group of Young Members of Parliament wants the government to review the retirement age for teachers in Kenya. Led by Runyenjes mp Hon Eric Muchangi and Youth representative Hon Gideon Keter, the Legislators now want the age retirement limit to be reduced to 50 to help eradicate unemployment in the country.
We have many young people who are educated but have stayed out in the cold for a very long time searching for jobs,” Muchangi said.
He said it is illogical for the government to continue retaining a 60 year old teacher who can’t resonate well with young learners; when there are many unemployed youthful teachers. He added that the productivity of a teacher declines with increase in age and thus a teacher who is over 50 is less productive.
According to the youthful MPs, the levels of unemployment in the country are so high that you will find a 45-year-old graduate still hunting for a job. The current mandatory retirement age for teachers and other civil servants is 60; though one can take an early retirement if so wishes.
The two were speaking at the launch of the youth international week in Runyenjes Embu; on Wednesday August 7, 2019.
Hon Eric Muchangi is in record advocating for the reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools. In July last year, the youthful MP said cases of students either setting schools ablaze or manhandling teachers would be minimized if Corporal punishment is reintroduced in schools.
Both Muchangi and Keter belong to the Kenya Young Parliamentarian Association (KYPA); a group that champions the youth Course in Kenya. Among other members are: Sakaja Johnson (Nairobi Senator), Babu Owino (Embakasi East MP), Sabina Chege ( Murang’a Women Representative), Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West MP), Charles Nguna ( Mwingi West), Ndidi Nyoro (Kiharu MP), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala MP) and Kuria Kimani ( Molo MP).