The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) will make good its threat to call for nationwide teachers strike on September 1st should the Teacher’s Service Commission (TSC) fail to drop draconian policies affecting teachers, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has said.
Sossion, who spoke in Njoro Nakuru during the burial of former KNUT Nakuru executive secretary Njau Kuria Njau said that the policies which include Tipad appraisal and recognition of teachers, delocalization of teachers and discontinuation of recognition of new relevant higher qualification for teachers among others are being implemented without teachers having been consulted through the union.
The unionist said that implementation of the policies which he termed as dictatorial and improperly negotiated have affected the morale of teachers.
He noted that the claim by TSC that the policies are contained in the CBA was false and that they are ready to challenge it with the proper legal and human resource evidence.
The nominated MP noted that de-localization was to blame for the recent wave of unrest in schools, adding that 58 out of the 63 schools that have witnessed unrest as at Tuesday had effected the de-localization orders.
He said that in most of these schools, students had issued a warning that they would go on strike simply because “captains” (Principals) who had steered the schools to prosperity were sent to other schools.
KNUT is set to submit a detailed report on the same Thursday, with Sossion saying that the report has been prepared after a wide consultation and also visits to the affected schools.