Rift among Teachers as TSC move to avert looming strike

Akello Missori Kuppe
Akello Missori
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The Kenya National Union of teachers called for a national strike come January 2, but their secondary counterpart KUPPET has opposed the move.

Kuppet Secretary General Akello Misori said that teachers in secondary schools will resume their duties as per the planned 2019 academic calender.

“You cannot dictate for the employer who to transfer and who not to... and where. That is overstepping the union’s mandate,” said Mr Misori.

Misori added that the union will meet on January 2 when schools reopens to discuss fresh common stand for teachers terms of service.

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Knut earlier on issued a strike notice to Teachers Service Commission over issues they say will have a negative impact on teachers and their families.

Among the issues that they want the employer to address are teachers transfers and promotions.

TSC had issued a transfer notice to more than 3,000 primary and secondary school heads come January 2019.

Kuppet support the move saying it will reduce boredom in schools and improve teachers zeal.

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“Some teachers have overstayed in some schools... They have even become unproductive and need relief in new stations,” Misori added.

Meanwhile, the ministry of labour has responded to Knut notice by appointing a mediator to bring TSC and the giant union to a negotiating table.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani appointed Charles Maranga as the mediator to help in cooling the temperatures between the union and the employer.

He said that the issues raised by Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) were weighty and called for dialogue.

“It is apparent that the disagreement is on sensitive policy matters in general teacher management,” said Yattani. 

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