High Court orders TSC to halt new teachers recruitments

High Court orders TSC to halt new teachers recruitments

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Striking Teachers demonstrating along Mombasa streets

The High Court ruling comes a day after an Employment and Labour Relations Court directed striking teachers to call of their strike and go back to work.

Justice Nelson Abuodha also declined a request by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) to have his orders stopped.

The Judge instead directed teachers’ unions to comply with his previous orders requiring them to suspend their strike, saying the unions have a duty to comply because they will still need the court’s services in the future.

“I plead with the union officials to advice their members to respect the orders of this court as they will need its protection tomorrow as they always have.

“In conclusion, I decline to stop or make any comment on my orders which directed the union members to resume teaching,” said Justice Abuodha.

Justice Abuodha had also ordered TSC and Labour Cabinet Secretary  to convene talks with teachers within 30 days to settle the long standing salary dispute.

Teachers have been on strike for the last five weeks demanding the Government to implement their 50-60 percent salary increments.

TSC has already launched a recruitment exercise targeting 70, 000 new teachers as from Thursday to replace the more than 260, 000 striking teachers.

The recruitment exercise is being conducted in all county education offices countrywide.