Education Ministry pledges to settle lecturers dispute by next week

Public university lecturers demonstrating across the streets of Nairobi demanding salary increment. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Ministry of Education has pledged to settle a sh.10 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA dispute that has been affecting the two sides by Wednesday next week.

Addressing the media in Nairobi on Thursday after staging a mega demonstration involving university dons and employees, Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) secretary general Constatine Wesonga said that they reached the decision after consultation with the officials from the ministry of education.

“We have had our talk with the ministry despite the Cabinet secretary’s absence, and they have agreed to settle the matter by next week on Wednesday but the strike is still on,” said Wesonga.

However, Wesonga warned that if the government will not honor their pledge, the union’s strike will continue until they reach at equilibrium.

Earlier, in an interview with Baraka FM, Kenya University of Staff Union KUSU secretary general Charles Mukhwaya faulted the government for failing to adhere to its pledge following the fact that Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC approved the agreed recommendations.

He insisted that, for sanity to prevail in the university education system, the government has to take initiative of paying the aggrieved university staff.

Mukhwaya further said that, despite the fact that the government has paid part of the total sum; they will not be deterred from demanding the remaining part whatsoever.