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KNUT urged to shelve strike plans

28 December 2014, 18:15 Jane Zack

Nairobi - A District Quality, Assurance and Standards officer has urged the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)  to be humane over the impending national strike.

Anthony Busuru of Bungoma West said the Ministry of Education was watching from the periphery as KNUT and Teachers Service Commission try to unlock the stalemate.

He said: ''If TSC will meet the teachers' demands, we shall be very happy but we shall not be directly involved in unlocking the impasse between the two parties."

The official further called on teachers countrywide to bear in mind that they are also parents and have to balance the equation to ensure that children are not victims of circumstances.

He told KNUT not to punish children by blocking the opening of schools on January 5, 2015 but instead find ways and means of striking a balance.

He made the appeal in Lupida area of Nambale Sub County, Busia County at the weekend during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary for Busia County Water and Sanitation Executive Bernard Yaite's mother, Margaret Asikuku Yaite.

Retired Anglican Church of Kenya Nambale Diocese, Bishop Josiah Were presided over the special service together with Canon Zakayo Masake from Katakwa Diocese.

Among those present were Busia County Chief of staff Robert Papa, Lands Executive Martin Kafwa, Gregory Odeke (Roads), Azida Ali (Education), Hillary Makhulu (Trade), Bernadette Muyomi (Public Service) and Leonard Obimbira (Finance).

Bishop Were called upon parents to emulate Asikuku by instilling discipline on their children.

"Youth should be obedient to their parents and ask themselves why their parents prefer corporal punishment on them; attaining the age of 70 is no joke," Bishop Were stated.

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