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KNUT tells TSC off over sack threat

07 September 2015, 08:05 John Kioko

Mombasa - Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has told off Teacher’s Service Commission (TSC) chair, Lydia Nzomo over sack threat.

The Union chairperson, Mudzo Nzili said Nzomo has no authority to sack teachers since the court is handling the matter.

Nzomo had said that teachers who do not report back to school on Monday risk the sack.

Speaking on Sunday at Waa high school in Kwale during a funds drive, Nzili said that teachers will not be intimidated but will instead champion their rights.

“I don’t know why she is issuing such threats to teachers because they will not go back to school if they have not been given their 50-60 percent pay increase that was awarded by the court,” he said.

Nzili urged all teachers and branch secretaries in the country to assemble on Monday at their county headquarters for demonstrations to symbolize continuity of the strike which started last week Wednesday.

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He was accompanied by Matuga Matuga MP, Hassan Mwanyoha and Governor Salim Mvurya among others.

“Teachers are fulfilling their constitutional rights which are a fundamental freedom of picketing to demand for their rights peacefully. TSC must implement what the court decided on; there is no shortcut,” he added.

"Teachers' patience has run out because for a long time we have been quiet but now we are not going to class until the court order is implemented fully,” he added.

He said they will not be intimidated or fear any threats from their employer.

He also accused members of parliament of remaining silent instead of standing with teachers as they wait for campaign period to ask for their votes.

“That is hypocrisy of the highest order," he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Kwale Governor, Salim Mvurya who asked President Uhuru Kenyatta's government to heed to industrial court's ruling and pay teachers their dues.

“It is a very sensitive issues because candidates are expected to sit their national exams and therefore teachers should be handled well to make sure that learning continues smoothly in the institutions for a good performance," he added.

He said that the third term is always short and candidates have too little time to revise which will be highly affected if teachers are not paid to go back to class.

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