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UASU supports KNUT's strike

26 June 2013, 12:09 Steve Wambugu

Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) has thrown their weight behind KNUT's strike saying teachers deserve better payment just like other civil servants.

The UASU said that it was high time the new government walked the talk and fulfilled the pledges they made during the campaign period.

“The government must be ready to give what teachers want because they sure did promise that during the campaigns; they have no other choice,” said the Secretary General of UASU Muga K’olale.

In a press statement issued to the media on Tuesday, K’olale said that the government had the capability and capacity to sort out the teachers' payment issue.   

He further argued that the free laptops project can wait adding that teachers' salary increment pledge had taken long to implement.

“Other things like free laptops can wait because teachers have been pushing for salary increment for almost 15 years,” he said.

The Secretary General added that the Jubilee government should move in and quell the strike before the matter gets out of hand.

K’olale also faulted the Moi and Kibaki regimes for failing to address the teachers' plight during their tenure adding that the government has been playing games with teachers' salaries.

“We don’t want to see Uhuru government repeating the same mistake other governments did to teachers and that’s why we want them to be paid,” he said.

He urged the new administration to uphold the 1997 teachers deal with the government and revise their salaries.

A spot check carried out by the media revealed that no pupils had turned up for learning in most public schools.

Learning continued uninterrupted in private schools despite threats made by KNUT and KUPPET to flash out teachers who will be caught teaching during the on going strike.   

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