School Reopening at Risk as Teachers Strike Looms

By Lynnet Okumu / Published June 30, 2021 | 11:58 am




KEY POINTS

According to the revised academic calendar, the schools are supposed to close on 16th July and reopen on July 26. this, therefore, means that the looming strike could largely affect the next academic year


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The union of teachers has given the Teachers Service Commission a notice of seven days to meet their demands failure to which they will call for a strike.

This is after the six-hour talk between the unions and the TSC collapsed yesterday.

“They have not offered anything. We have therefore given TSC seven days to give us a counteroffer; failure to which we will ask teachers not to report to schools forth the First term that is beginning in August, KUPPET secretary-general Akello Missouri said.

The meeting which was held to discuss the 2021 to 2025 CBA did not bring a consensus between TSC and the unions despite the new KNUT leadership.

This comes at a time when the schools are expected to close in two weeks.

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According to the revised academic calendar, the schools are supposed to close on 16th July and reopen on July 26. this, therefore, means that the looming strike could largely affect the next academic year that is set to begin with major education activities including the transition of students to the next class. Those in class seven are set to be promoted to class eight while those in form three are supposed to be the next candidates.

In addition to this, the competency-based curriculum was set to be rolled out immediately after the schools reopen next term. This however, May  not be successful if the TSC does not meet the demand  of the unions.

KNUT demands that teachers should receive 120 to 200% salary increment while KUPPET  on the other hand demands a 30 to 70% pay rise.

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Mr. Misori said that the actions of the TSC yesterday indicate that it had been working with the SRC to frustrate the teacher’s demand for a salary review adding that TSC is offering them a CBA with no monetary benefits and using the COVID 19 pandemic as the excuse.

He further added that by offering nothing, the TSC has proved that they do not care about the teachers who are front-line workers in the fight against covid 19 and have bone a heavy economic burden.

According to the new KNUT Secretary-general   Collins Oyuu, the proposal was strong on maternity and paternity leave which he claims will not bring food to the table.

The TSC proposal presented by TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia, offers to grant female teachers maternity leave of 120 days up from 90 days with full salaries with effect from the date of delivery.

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Male teacher’s paternity leave has been increased from14 days to 21 days. The commission has also offered to grant teachers a pre-adoptive leave of 45 days from the date of adoption.

This also comes only a few days after the TSC declared close to 10,000 new recruitment vacancies for teachers to support the 100 percent transition policy. 4000 vacancies are for secondary schools, another 2,987 vacancies for primary schools while 2897 more to replace the retired teachers in high schools.







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