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Ruto pleads with teachers to shelve strike plans

11 November 2014, 18:59 William Korir

Nairobi - Deputy president William Ruto has called on restless teachers seeking higher pay and bonuses to be patient.

The DP says that the government is seeking solutions to the current problems affecting teachers and that they will be adressed, but only when and if the government is afforded time.

He also insists that teachers will be paid and that the promises made to them will be heeded.

Teachers are planning to hold a strike in January 2015 if their issues are not solved by the government and Ruto has appealed to them to shelve the strike notice.

" We will work with the teachers of this country to ensure that Kenyans get the best education possible and that has already been pledged and we are working on the rest, he said Tuesday during the funeral of former Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT chairman Joseph Chirchir Tuesday in Kericho.

He said that the government was already playing a role in negotiating for better salaries for them.

" I would like to assure them that we will play our part in the on-going negotiations. We are already working on some of the demands by teachers," he said.

He spoke in the presence of senior KNUT officials, including chairman Mudzo Nzili and Secretary General Wilson Sossion.

The Deputy President said that the government had started the process of filling vacancies in the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

He also called on the teachers to think about the prospects of their students.

" I ask them to be considerate to their students and give them a chance to learn and not let these demands that we can agree on amicably affect the future of the children," he added.

Teachers are calling for the government to push through agreements made between the two parties in December 2013, which has yet to be forwarded to teachers.

The government has already said it does not have the money to pay teachers and that any payment will need to be pushed forward and dealt with later on.

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