, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 – The government has insisted that the national examinations calendar for primary and secondary schools will not be rescheduled despite the ongoing teachers strike.
Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi says the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) will release the National Examination timetable shortly, to enable the candidates focus more on their final preparations.
“The national examinations calendar has not been reviewed by the ministry. Consequently, I wish to reiterate once again that the said examinations will continue as scheduled; all the syllabuses have been covered, third term is normally revision term,” Kaimenyi said.
Addressing a news conference, Kaimenyi appealed to all teachers to go back and teach as directed by their employer.
The Teachers Service Commission has since warned that it will scrap off from its payroll, teachers who will not have resumed duty on Friday while saying only those working will be paid.
“Security being central to a conducive learning and training environment, the government once again wishes to assure parents and learners that measures have been put in place to secure the learners, staff and property of our education institutions, any unprotected strike activities which threaten security in our schools will not be entertained,” he added.
He says his ministry will give direction on the closing of schools by Friday.
“The Supreme Court did not direct the government to pay teachers as ruled earlier by the court of appeal. The truth of the matter is that Supreme Court didn’t make such a ruling and l quote, “This Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain an application challenging the exercise of discretion by the Court of Appeal under Rule 5(2) (b) of that Court’s Rules, there being neither an appeal, nor an intended appeal pending before the Supreme Court… “Therefore, my ministry appeals to unions and all leaders to speak the truth on this matter instead of misleading other Kenyans,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) says teachers are willing to lose their salaries in the fight for their rights and vowed they will not to go back to class until the government increases their dues.
Speaking to Capital FM News, the union’s Secretary General Wilson Sossion emphasised that the announcement by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) not to pay teachers for the month of September will only harden their resolve.