Teachers told to brace for prolonged strike

September 18, 2012 2:09 pm
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Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers said the strike would take longer than expected because the government had shown little interest in resolving the crisis/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – Teachers have been urged to brace for tough times ahead after the government snubbed a meeting between their unions and a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) said the strike would take longer than expected because the government had shown little interest in resolving the crisis.

Speaking to journalists after a botched parliamentary committee meeting on Tuesday, National Chairman Omboko Milemba noted that the government had once again snubbed attempts aimed at addressing the matter worsening an already tense situation.

“The government is not ready to talk and make sure that the strike is called off so that our students can go back to school. I therefore call upon all teachers to remain firm because the government has not even brought Sh10 to the table,” he argued.

KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori added that none of the education stakeholders from the government’s side had attended the meeting forcing the committee to adjourn.

It emerged that the government had at the last minute called for another parallel meeting to deal with the issue.

“The meeting today was to discuss nothing; it was actually a meeting to call for a postponement because the parties did not come and it is unfortunate that this is the direction we have to go,” he said.

“The meeting today was to discuss nothing; it was actually a meeting to call for a postponement because the parties did not come and it is unfortunate that this is the direction we have to go,” he said.

Education Committee chairman John Pesa (Migori MP) accused the government of dragging its feet over the issue as it had been frustrating efforts to resolve it.

He argued that the government did not want to sort out the crisis and kept taking teachers and Members of Parliament round in circles.

“What we heard from KUPPET and KNUT (Kenya National Union of Teachers) is very unfortunate. The Teachers Service Commission called them at different times, this morning, knowing very well that they are pursuing the same cause,” he noted.

“That is a divide-and-rule tactic that had been going on during the past eras,” he argued.

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