Teachers to down tools on the 17th


If you have a child sitting for the national examinations this year, then you have a reason to worry as teachers across the country will be downing their tools on the 17th of this month.

The strike will take place barely two weeks shy of the national examinations set to kick off at the end of October for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and beginning of November for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion on Friday said teachers will go on a nationwide strike unless the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) eradicates policies Sossion termed as ‘punitive’ to teachers.

“Key among the issues we raised was a call to TSC to rescind delocalisation, the new curriculum, recognize teachers’ career progression, teachers’ promotions and appraisal policies,” said Sossion.

Sossion was speaking at Amagoro Primary School in Teso North during celebrations to mark the World Teachers Day on Friday.

He warned Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to be ready to postpone the national examinations if the stalemate between TSC and the union will not have been resolved by Octocer 17th.