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KNUT: No pay, no laptops

24 June 2013, 18:03 Wangui Joseph

The Jubilee government aspiration of giving class one pupils laptops so as to modernize education in the country is between a rock and a hard place.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) second Vice Chairman Wycliffe Omucheyi has said the body will paralyze the laptop project if their demands will not be met.

He was speaking during Nyeri KNUT branch Annual General Meeting at Temple Road Primary School Nyeri town.

“At this juncture I can assure you that the laptop project will not take off if teachers’ pay demands are not attended to by the government,” said Omucheyi.

He said they should first be given what is rightly theirs asserting that the government has a lot of money but reluctance and ignorance is derailing the matter.

Omucheyi stated that since negotiations have hit a snag, the scheduled strike will not be averted.

The Vice Chairman also announced that they are demanding KES 49.7 billion for allowances in addition to recruitment of more teachers to match the teacher - student ratio.

He however lamented that the salary increment deal that was signed 16 years ago (1997) has never been honoured, therefore they are ready to down their tools in quest for their rights.

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