Committee holds meeting with warring KNUT and TSC amidst looming strike

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

Labour ministry reconciliatory committee is meeting two factions entangled in a looming teachers strike scheduled as from 2nd January 2018.

The ministry’s five-member committee headed by Charles Maranga held a meeting with KNUT last Saturday in an attempt to find a truce over the strike.

On Monday morning, the committee held an initial closed-door meeting with Teachers Service Commission officials and will hold a subsequent joint meeting with the two factions  TSC  and KNUT to try and broker a deal on the standoff.

However, KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion reportedly maintained that the strike is on as scheduled, amid Saturday meeting.

Some of the raft issues leading to the strike include, demands that mass transfers be halted, appraisals and promotions stalemate and implementation of new curriculum.

On the other hand, Kenya parents Association has vehemently opposed the planned teachers’ strike.

In a statement, the parent’s chair Nicholas Maiyo said that the call of such strike is insensitive, untenable and it does not consider the well being of pupils.

He added that the teacher’s plights have been tackled progressively by the ministry of education and Teachers Service Commission and they ought to have gave the institutions time, to deal with the matter.