Why KNUT call for teachers strike on January 2

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers has issued a strike notice to teachers in all public schools to boycot work on January 2.

Speaking on Wednesday, Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion urged parents to prepare well for the industrial action proceed christmass season.

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“Merry Christmas... but we can’t promise you that the new year will start well… parents should adjust their budgets very well because Christmas will be extended into the new year,” Knut chairman Wilson Sossion said as he announced the industrial action in Nairobi.

Mr Sossion, accused the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of “de-professionalising the teaching profession”.

Teachers Promotion

He cited TSC’s failure to promote teachers as one of the reasons for the strike.

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The notice was addressed to Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

The SG said TSC had refused to move teachers up the the job-grade ladder based on merit, qualifications, long service and exceptional performance in their work.

Transfers

Mr Sossion said Knut was also angered by TSC CEO Nancy Macharia’s decision to transfer more than 3,000 head-teachers “irregularly”.

"The transfers, Knut can authoritatively reveal, were effected without the approval of the TSC appointment board," he claimed," said Sossion.

He said that unless the policies are reversed, they will not call off the strike.

The transfers affected head teachers who have stayed in one station for more than nine years.



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