20 January 2014

Kenya: KNUT Warns of Strike Over 53,000 Teachers Promotion

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has warned that it is not going to backtrack in its quest to have 53,000 teachers who have upgraded their academic credentials promoted.

Speaking on Saturday in Nakuru during a meeting with executive secretaries from the Rift Valley region Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said they will do anything to ensure that the teachers get what belongs to them.

Sossion said Knut is ready to call for a national strike if the contentious issues are not fully addressed by the Teachers Service Commission and other parties representing the government.

"We have submitted a proposal to the government that Sh18 billion be set aside for the hiring of 40,000 teachers," Sossion said.

He said 6,000 teachers from the Rift Valley are eligible for promotion after a verification exercise was conducted in a Nakuru hotel. Sossion said TSC holds that only 20,000 teachers qualify for promotion, something that Knut is contesting.

Last week, TSC averted another strike after a holding a fruitful meeting with Knut representatives. It was agreed that a joint committee be formed to verify the documents submitted by teachers.

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