Taita Taveta,KENYA:Taita Taveta university students on Monday staged demonstrations calling on the National Government to dialogue with lecturers who have downed their tools demanding implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement they signed two years ago.
The students on Monday staged demonstrations in a bid to force the government to strike a deal with lecturers to help end the stalemate that has paralyzed learning in public universities for more than two months now.
The demonstrations come days after Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed asked striking lecturers to respect court orders that had termed the lecturer’s industrial action as illegal.
The students have asked the CS to respect lecturers and honour their grievances in order for normalcy to return considering that a section of the students who claim to have been on the institutions for more than 7 years are on their final semesters and are anticipating to complete their education this year.
“We are not going home, we are asking President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto to take education seriously, we are concerned that this strike is taking too long before it is called off,” Thomas Thangara one of the students said.
They said the strike has disadvantaged them and are now demanding that the government engaged with lecturers to end the strike