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Striking teachers warned against interfering with private school activities

09 January 2015, 11:19 John Kioko

Kwale - Kwale County Commissioner, Evans Achoki has warned striking teachers in the area against interfering with activities in private schools.

He assured private primary and secondary schools in the area of security, saying they have put up measures to ensure that striking teachers planning to disrupt activities in private schools do not succeed.

Speaking in his office Thursday, the commissioner claimed that some teachers in public schools have asked their counterparts in private schools to paralyze activities in their schools.

“We are monitoring all private schools within Kwale County to ensure they are not disturbed by the ongoing teachers strike,” he noted.

He said they will not tolerate any kind of harassment by government school teachers who are striking.

“Private school teachers are not part of Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) or Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and so they should not be forced to strike,” he added.

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Achoki said striking teachers should be peaceful and avoid breaching peace of other patriotic citizens until their issues are solved.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) executive secretary, Mackenzie Tuki said private school teachers should join them in their push for better remuneration.

He said although they are currently not working with the government but in future they might seek job and enjoy better pay that public teachers suffered for during strike.

“They should join us to show solidarity because tomorrow they will get government job and enjoy good pay which we are fighting for,” he added.

Asked if they are planning to force private school teachers in the area to join them, Tuki said they are currently doing it secretly but if pushed to the wall, they will have to do the necessary.

“All private school teachers are employed by Board of Governors and many a time they are employed by the government and enjoy fruits of strike; why can’t they join us? We need them now,” he added.

This comes as nationwide teachers strike continues with the government insisting that there is no more money to pay higher salaries as demanded by the teachers unions.

Treasury cabinet secretary has said that the government is willing to pay teaches allowances similar to those enjoyed by other public officers.

But teachers have insisted that they will continue with the strike until their demands are met by the government.

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