Teachers differ over strike action
07 January 2014, 16:02
Nairobi - It still remains unclear if teachers will engage in a strike to pile pressure on the government to promote more than 50,000 teachers as union officials differed over such plans.
Some of the officials, it emerged, were pushing to hold talks with the government without issuing a seven-day strike notice, while others preferred dialogue.
Amid the uncertainty, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion, asked all teachers to report on duty as usual as talks between the union and the government were underway.
“We had intended to declare a labour dispute today in accordance with the annual delegates’ resolution. However, the Secretary of the Teachers Service Commission, Gabriel Longoibon has invited us for a comprehensive bilateral meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 8am,” said Sosion in a press briefing.
He added that the plan to upgrade teachers would costs KES 4 billion yet KES 600 million had been allocated.
The 53,000 teachers are awaiting job promotions following their successful completion of higher diploma and degrees.
Last year, a strike by teachers lasted for close to a month and caused a major disruption in the school calendar.
Students were forced to extend their academic terms to clear up their syllabus.
The holiday periods were substantially reduced to cater for the lost days.
The poor performance in exams this year in some parts of the country was blamed on the strike and the March 2013 elections.
– CAJ News