Crisis facing public universities deepens

Written By: Rose Gakuo
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Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga
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The crisis facing public universities has deepened after negotiations between the University Academic Staff Union (UASU) and the Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) collapsed.

UASU accused the council of lacking goodwill addressing the controversy surrounding the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and is calling on Ministry of Labuor to intervene and end the strike that has paralyzed learning in public academic institutions for two months now.

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The two teams were set to meet on Saturday with UASU where the Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) was to table a counter offer. Instead the council held back on realizing a number of chairpersons from the University Councils, whom the dons described as their employers, were also in attendance, reversing gains made.

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Lamenting the division within the tiers of the university administration, the lecturers now want the government through the Ministry of Labor to intervene in ending the dons strike that has prolonged for two months, paralyzing the country’s public academic sector.

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They are demanding 38 billion shillings for the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement.

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The dons said the ongoing strike issues were well known to the government and therefore see no need to wait for the release of the report from the taskforce commissioned by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

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