KNUT insists teachers will go on strike from September 1st

Written By: Emilly Bade
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Teachers are threatening to down their tools beginning next month if the teachers body Teachers Service Commission (TSC) fails to reverse some newly introduced policies.

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The teachers through their umbrella body Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) say the government has 30 days to address their demands, failure to which they will call for a teachers strike beginning 1st September.

Speaking in Tharakanithi County, KNUT national treasurer Hussein Hassan said some of the 82 policies already effected by TSC are not teacher friendly citing among others its policies on delocalization of teachers and performance appraisal.

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Hussein added that they are giving TSC a 30 day ultimatum to consult on the policies failure to which they will be forced to down their tools when schools re-open for the third term.

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Earlier in the week, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion reiterated that the September 1st nationwide teachers’ strike will go on as planned should the TSC carry on with ongoing performance appraisals and delocalization of teachers.

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Sossion accused the Ministry of Education of ignoring the plight of teachers.

Speaking in Burumba secondary school during a fundraising for construction of laboratory, Sossion faulted the ongoing exercise of performance appraisals and delocalization of teachers, which he said is aimed at bullying and humiliating teachers.

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Sossion claimed the Ministry of Education had ignored the plight of teachers who go through financial challenges hence forcing them to go on strike.

Should the teachers’ strike materialize, learners preparing for both Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations will be inconvenienced with operations expected to grind to a halt.

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