Teachers will strike in October if TSC talks bear no fruit, Sossion

Teachers will strike in October if TSC talks bear no fruit, Sossion

Knut has issued a warning of a strike in October. The Kenya National Union of Teachers yesterday said teachers will disrupt learning if a meeting with the TSC fails to solve their grievances. Secretary general Wilson Sossion said the meeting is scheduled between September 30 and October 5. The union will demand withdrawal of all policies adopted between 2015 to date.

The union further wants reversal of the delocalisation policy that transfers teachers from their home counties. Sossion is also unhappy with the performance appraisal tool and says promotion should be based on academic qualification. “If the meeting fails to bear fruit, we will lift the suspension on the strike that was to begin on September 1,” he said.

Paralyse examinations

The strike threatens to paralyse KCPE and KCSE exams set to begin on October 30.

The council relies on teachers as invigilators, supervisors and markers. “National examinations begin in November, by October 5 if the union is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting then the examinations are also under threat,” Sossion said. However, Knec chairman George Magoha said he is confident in the examination. He said they can rely on contracted teachers. “Although the teachers contracted are members of the TSC, the council contracts them on a different level and are paid by the council.”

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