Nairobi,KENYA:Cabinet secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i has warned lecturers to call off the ongoing strike saying it will cost them their pay at the end of the month.
The CS who was speaking during a meeting encompassing leaders of public universities in Nairobi, said that the lecturers’ action has resulted in crippled learning in public universities thus creating a huge gap in the education sector.
Matiang’i also added that there is need to embark in employing university staff who will be working under contracts as they have stopped hiring workers under permanent and pensionable plans.
“The number of staff in universities is high;why hire a grass cutter on permanent and pensionable plan?” Matiangi posed.
He argued that alot of funds have been lost to unproductive workers and therefore he urged vice chancellors to review their staff and do away with those who are not needed.
He challenged the workers to prove themselves so as to be maintained on payroll and that technical and non technical staff will be affected by the move come the next year financial year.
This comes just a few hours after students at the Technical university of Mombasa gave Matiang’I 72 hours to solve the lecturers strike.