KNUT Warns Teachers Of Mass Firings

KNUT Warns Teachers Of Mass Firings

KNUT Warns Teachers Of Mass Firings

Junior Secondary Teachers (JSS) have received a warning from the Kenya National  Union of Teachers (KNUT) over the possibility of their contracts being terminated  as a result of the ongoing nationwide rallies spearheaded by this group of educators.

This address was delivered by KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu on December  11, 2023, at a fundraising function held at Gagra Catholic Church. Oyuu emphasized that the continual strikes are preventing progress, even if the  union wants the teachers to have permanent, pensionable work.

During his speech, Oyuu charged that the JSS teachers’ rebellion was being  instigated by the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET). He warned the educators that in the event that their contracts were terminated,  depending solely on KUPPET would not protect them.

Oyuu further alleged that KUPPET played a role in organizing and financing the rallies conducted by JSS teachers, emphasizing that it was misleading for KUPPET to encourage teachers to protest.

Oyuu emphasized KNUT’s commitment to engaging in constructive discussions with the government through the Education Ministry. The primary focus of these talks would be the procedures for absorbing teachers into permanent and pensionable contracts.

JSS teachers have been demonstrating across the country for the past two  weeks to voice their displeasure with the government for not changing the  terms of their  contracts.

They have threatened to stop providing their services in January if their complaints  are not resolved.

This comes after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) was summoned by the  Senate four days prior to discuss allegations of discrimination and teacher hiring  under contract.

Submitted a nomination During the meeting, Senator Esther Okenyuri asked the committee to elucidate  whether TSC permits contract teachers to hold permanent and pensionable roles. Rather of providing JSS teachers with permanent and pensionable terms, TSC had  earlier declared that it would be extending their contracts.

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