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KNUT THREATENS TO CALL FOR A TEACHERS STRIKE

Wilson Sossion

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has warned of an inevitable teacher’s strike if their demands are not met by their employer.

According to KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion, if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) does not meet the demands outlined by teachers, a countrywide strike as schools open for the third term will be the next cause of action.

“If they do not listen to some of our demands, we shall invoke the weapon, which we have restrained to use for a very long time, and that is strike action,” said Sossion.

Among the grievous issues teachers want addressed is the transfer of school heads (delocalisation), performance appraisal and development system.

“We are very clear about the promotion of teachers. It is an intellectual right, therefore it is not negotiable nor reduceable. We shall stand against delocalization of teachers, which is breaking families and hurting education and other accompanying policies that we were not consulted,” he said.

The planned teacher’s strike is set to kick off from September 1 if KNUT and TSC do not resolve the contentions in a meeting scheduled for August 21 .

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