Children to stay home longer as teachers issue strike notice

knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion. He says teachers will not go class from 2nd January ./COURTESY

You might just have to stay with your children at home longer than expected next year.

Teachers have issued a strike notice stating that they will be downing their tools from 2nd January, 2019.

Speaking at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) headquarters in Nairobi, Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that there will be no teachers in class come January unless their demands are met.

“We can’t promise that the year will start well. Parents develop more programs because Christmas will extend to next year. No teachers in classes until the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) address our requests,” Sossion warned.

This time, KNUT is not complaining of salaries but the working conditions of the teachers. Sossion accused TSC of not promoting teachers according to their merits, qualifications and experience and also causing disruption of families due to transfers.

“Do not disrupt the families of teachers through the delocalization and transfers. Some families have been separated and we cannot contemplate teachers losing their families. Teachers’ families are part of their communities. We have records of those families. We will not condone this. It is the biggest injustice the employer can put in place,” he said.

Sossion also accused TSC of introduction of teachers professional development policies without consulting stakeholder.