, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 26 – The government has resolved a standoff with the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) over recruitment of teachers on contract basis, barely a week after a similar deal was struck with the larger Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
The Treasury, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and KUPPET agreed on Monday that the government would continue as planned to recruit teachers on contract.
“The agreement was reached to ensure that we begin the process of reducing teacher shortage in the country,” Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta told Journalists.
He said the teachers recruited on contract would be free to join and participate in union activities.
“TSC is hereby mandated to work out the modalities to facilitate the immediate implementation of the resolutions set out,” the Finance Minister said.
The three parties also agreed to lift a temporary ban on teachers’ study leave that had been imposed by the Teachers Service Commission early this year.
“In view of the fact that the Government is recruiting additional teachers to alleviate shortage, the ban is no longer necessary,” said Mr Kenyatta.
KUPPET General Secretary Njeru Kanyamba called on the TSC to immediately start the recruitment of teachers on contract basis. But permanent teachers will also continue to be employed when necessary. The agreement we have signed does not affect employment of teachers on a permanent basis, Mr Kanyamba said.
KUPPET will be required to withdraw all the pending cases before the courts that it had filed against the government and each party would be required to bear its costs.
Also present at the meeting were Education Minister Sam Ongeri and Permanent Secretary James ole Kiyiapi.