Teachers’ Unions sharply differ on strike calls

Written By: Jacob Kioria
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Teachers' Unions sharply differ on strike calls

Teachers’ Unions remain sharply divided on calls to go on strike at the beginning of the third term to push the government to have outstanding issues resolved.

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While the Kenya National Union of Teachers insists that the strike slated for the 1st of September is still on, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers has termed the strike illegal and unwarranted.

A strike in the third term of the education calendar is always considered disruptive as candidates prepare to sit for the KCPE and KCSE examinations.

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KNUT had announced that it would rally its members to stage a nationwide strike to protest against the delocalization policy by the Teachers Service Commission.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has already directed TSC to re-consider the policy with respect to families.

The latest stance by KNUT that the strike is still on, a blow to efforts by TSC to halt the strike.

While KNUT concedes that in its consultative meeting with TSC on Thursday they had agreed to form a Monitoring and Evaluation Committee to look into the issues of promotion, career progression, appraisal programme and transfers, the Union insists that the strike is still on.

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KUPPET on the other hand, after a four hours meeting with TSC, termed their meeting as cordial and successful part of the concessions being the promotion of 59,000 teachers in this financial year.

The Union has opposed the calls for a strike instead of blasting KNUT for issuing what they termed as illegal pronouncements about the strike.

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Though the meeting between KUPPET and TSC was not conclusive, both parties are expected to continue with negotiations with the harmonization of house allowances and 100 percent increment on medical allowances top on the table.

In the meantime, TSC has denied discussing the promotion of 30,000 teachers with KNUT.

TSC maintains the issues raised by KNUT will be addressed during the five-day retreat scheduled for the end of September.

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