Sossion lets teachers down in their time of need
04 October 2015, 10:16
Nairobi - Teachers needed a warrior in their time of need. They thought they had Wilson Sossion but it seems they got it wrong.
Right after announcing that the 5 week long strike had ended, teachers in the meeting room where the announcement was made were left seething by what they termed as a big letdown by the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT leadership.
Most were angered by what they termed as caving in way too easily of the KNUT leadership to government pressure.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion stated that the strike had been ended so that teachers be paid their September salaries, but for some, it was a sign of caving in way too easily.
Some teachers who spoke to News24 in the aftermath of the announcement were outraged by the decision.
" This is very disappointing. Sossion and the rest have let teachers down badly. We were in this for the long run but he has once again let us down," a teacher from a Nairobi National School that did not want to be named told News24.
Another felt that the union leadership is overpaid for nothing, since they do not listen to the interests of the teachers.
" We told them we are ready to even sit out six months if possible. We were ready for this but they have fallen way too easily," a school principal that did not want to be named told News24.
For others, KNUT and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers Union KUPPET needed to get their hands dirty at some point.
" The government did not obey court orders. Why are we too? We have a Supreme Court ruling behind us. Why are we afraid to play dirty too," a teacher from Kirinyaga told News24.
Sossion was at pains Saturday to explain the reasons for the strike being suspended for 90 days as had been asked by the Industrial Court.
" We will respect the court order and after 90 days if nothing comes up, we will be back on strike," he stated to jeers.
From the voices of disapproval after the announcement was made, Sossion it seems will have a hard task convincing teachers to go on strike in three months time.
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