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Sossion tells Kaimenyi to keep off teachers' affairs

14 October 2014, 08:13 John Kioko

Kwale - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion has said that Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi should keep off their negotiation process.

Sossion said that the CS sentiments that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is the best body to handle the situation will disrupt the matter and do more harm than good to teachers and children of this country.

He was speaking during a fund drive at Mwaluphamba secondary school in Kwale County on Sunday.

“The government has until Tuesday this week to address the issue of teacher’s salary increment or else expect a massive teachers strike. We want Kaimenyi to keep off teachers issues because his sentiments are wanting,” he said.

The teachers said that Kaimenyi should instead of meddling into teachers affairs focus on his failed laptops project even after the Jubilee government promised Kenyans to ensure schools have them on time.

Sossion was categorical that section 41 of the constitution has empowered teachers to negotiate salary issues with their employer and not SRC as the CS for education is putting it.

Also read: Knut calls off the planned teachers' strike

“We don’t think SRC will be able to tackle teachers issue because it has failed to determine state officer’s salaries. They have failed to control MPs, senators and MCAs salaries and the constitution does not allow them as well,” he added.

He said if negotiation process fails teachers will have no other reason not to strike until the government learns the hard way as it is used to.

“The whole thing now depends on the government by ensuring they table acceptable offer for teachers before today (Tuesday),” he added.

Sossion said that teachers are even ready to strike and pressurizing them to call off the negotiation since the issue has been going on since 2012 without the government showing interest of responding positively.

 “If we are given what we want it will address the demands of teachers especially on basic salaries and allowances,” noted Sossion.

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