Gov’t launches task-force to end ongoing lecturers strike

Written By: Kaltun Jama

The government has launched a nine member inter-ministerial task-force to try and end the ongoing lecturers strike in public universities.

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Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the committee will review the adequacy of capitation, income generation and institutional revenue and expenditure trends before coming up with a sustainable counter-offer on the 2017/2021 collective bargaining agreement demanded by the dons.

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The dons have been on the streets for over 6 weeks now demanding a counteroffer on their 2017-2021 CBA.

Their fingers pointing at the ministry of education claiming it was not taking their demand seriously. But now the ministry is trying to bring the strike to an end.

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Amina Mohammed said the strike has unearthed a number of issues that affect the quality of education in the country, among them lack of professionalism by lecturers and staff that need to be addressed permanently.

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The taskforce will also review governance and human resources management policies, practices and staffing in public universities.

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The CS saying there is an urgent need to restructure the entire sector to stop the perennial lectures strikes which have been experienced over the last one year.

The committee will also review successes and challenges of the Module II degree programs in the development of university education.




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