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KUPPET: Government taught us how to disobey court orders

29 September 2015, 21:45 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has said that they learned the art of defying court orders from the government itself.

KUPPET Nakuru branch chairman, Simon Kambo said that teachers unions are just being good students of the government, and called on the government to stop telling teachers to obey court orders.

Speaking Tuesday at KUPPET Nakuru offices, Kambo said that the courts cannot punish teachers' union bosses for defying court orders because they didn't punish the government and TSC who also defied court orders.

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“The government and TSC were ordered to effect the 50-60% pay rise but they refused and went ahead to appeal the court order and nothing was done to them. This has influenced the decision by teachers to defy the order of going back to school and we don’t expect the court to punish us because if they have to do so, they must also punish the government for the same offense,” said Kambo.

Kambo added that the ongoing strike is far from over and teachers will not be moved by court orders.

“The government thinks that the strike is over but we want to tell them that the strike is far from over and they might be forced to close schools for the second time because we are not going back to school until the issue is fully concluded by court,” he said.

He blamed the government of being unwilling to sit down and negotiate with teachers to break the ongoing impasse which he said will have grave implications on the education sector.

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