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KNUT demands recruitment of 64,000 teachers in next budget

22 January 2014, 14:40 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT says it will demand the recruitment of 40,000 primary and secondary school teachers in the coming calendar year.

KNUT will also demand the recruitment of 24000 Early Childhood Development EDC, teachers in its budgetary plan for the year 2014-2015.

According to Secretary General Wilson Sossion, the planned recruitment will halve the current demand of teachers which stands at over 100,000 teachers.

He says that he current shortage of teachers is chronic and insists that the union will push through its pledge to have many promises set by the government in previous years implemented.

According to figures released by KNUT, the overall recruitment process will require close to KES 22 billion but with the government having baulked previously over such amounts, it remains to be seen if the plan will pull through.

" The numbers are not mind boggling considering that there is a shortage of over 100,000 teachers in the country, he said.

" The government has promised to implement many past agreements in the next budgetary year including recruitment and promotions and we intend to see then through, he said.

Sossion also says that the other pending payments such as leave allowances that the union has clamuored for previously will also have to be paid by the government as a matter of principal.

" All public servants are entitled to annual leave and with it allowances by law. We are only asking for the basic rights of teachers.

The declaration by KNUT is bound to bring a new phase of push and pull between the government and the union, with Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi stating at the turn of the year that the government is still hard pressed on finances to take care of teachers' demands.

- News24

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