KNUT, TSC to look for solutions during retreat to avert teachers’ strike

KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion
KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has said the teachers’ strike that was called off has just been suspended, and that if the bugging issues between the teachers’ union and the TSC aren’t resolved during a planned retreat between September 30th and October 5th then it might be recalled. Addressing the press in Nairobi, Sossion said it might be called back without warning “The strike is only suspended and shall be recalled promptly without any warning…The retreat of 30th to 5th must provide solutions, failure of which they should know exams begin in November, they might have no examiners to supervise.”

KNUT suspended its planned September 1st strike and held a meeting with the Teachers Service Commission where it was agreed that a five-day retreat will be held. Among the demands outlined by KNUT, include the total withdrawal of the teachers’ delocalization policy, addressing delayed teachers’ promotion and fully reinstate the schemes of service, withdrawal of teachers’ performance appraisals and performance contracting among others. The KNUT secretary general lauded President Kenyatta for calling for a review of the teachers’ delocalization policy, “His intervention has truly and honestly made the teachers of the republic happy.”

Moreover, Sossion said that after the KNUT-TSC meeting, they agreed to form a CBA monitoring and evaluation committee to work on the implementation of the CBA. He said also TSC admitted to forming policies without the involvement of the teachers, “TSC tendered an apology to the teachers in that meeting,” he said.