Our demands are reasonable- University dons

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By Vitalis Nyagol

University Academic Staff Union Secretary General Dr. Maloba Wekesa is urging the government to immediately implement the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement that he argues can be sustained by the country’s economy.

There are only about three hundred full lecturers in the country shared across the 33 public universities, and there decision to down tools has paralyzed learning in public universities for the last one week.

Deafening silence and resonating walls characterize the ambience of lecture halls at the University of Nairobi.

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With the lecturers’ strike now going into the 2nd week, students from both regular and parallel programs have been forced to put their studies on hold.

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Talks to resolve the current impasse between the lecturers and the government have borne little fruit, with the three per cent counter offer termed a drop in the ocean

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But despite the statement by the Inter Public University Council Consultative Forum Chairperson Professor Ratego Michieka alleging the tabling of a counter offer by the government, University Academic Staff Union (UASU) Organizing Secretary Dr. Maloba Wekesa denies such an offer has been tabled.

With parliament set to officially go off session ahead of the elections, their cause is now a matter of race against time to have their grievances addressed.

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Even in the face of uncertainty, Dr. Wekesa maintains that lecturers in the country are more than willing to report back to their work stations, as long as their predicament is not given a blind eye.

The salaries and remuneration commission (SRC) in their re-evaluation of the job group structure sought to peg salaries to performance, qualifications and experience.

 

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