The Star (Nairobi)

18 June 2013

Kenya: We Are Not Going On Strike, Say Secondary Principals

Newly elected Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman John Awiti yesterday denied that secondary school teachers will go on strike. Awiti said teachers cannot down their tools while their respective school principals are away.

He said secondary school heads are part of the unions including Kuppet and Knut. Awiti was addressing journalists at the Wild Waters complex where about 7,000 secondary school heads are meeting.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers officials have threatened to go on strike starting today unless the government harmonises their salaries with that of civil servants.

National Organising Secretary Paul Maingi said the teachers want the government to honour an agreement they reached in a return-to-work formula last year in which they are to get Sh16 billion in allowances, .

Yesterday, Awiti said principals, as managers of schools and school property, are not aware of any impending strike and it is not appropriate time for teachers to cease working.

He urged the teachers to come and raise their concerns at the headteachers' conference in Mombasa where Deputy President William Ruto and senior ministry officials are expected to address teachers today.

"This conference will be a forum where we are going to share with our employer, Ministry of Education and we invite the unions to raise their grievances. He said the strike will affect conference which is meant to come up with ways of improving education in the country.

Changes to be effected in the education sector as a result of changes in the Education Act, Kenya National Examination Council Act and Teachers Service Commission Act need to be explained to members.

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