Hire more teachers by December or we strike, union warns

The Kenya National Union of Teachers officials led by their second vice chairman Mr. Wycliffe Omuchayi (left), deputy secretary general Mr. Hesbon Otieno and Mr. Dan Aloo consult with Ms. Lucy Njara Njeru, the union's head of research and gender before attending the Primary Schools Heads Association meeting at Sheikh Zayed Hall, Mombasa, on August 8, 2016. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • The teachers also demanded the immediate signing of a portion of the 2013 to 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement on salaries and promotions.
  • Teachers Service Commission said there was no pending matter on the CBA, which it said had been fully signed.
  • Mr Omucheyi also criticised a decision by the Education ministry to spend Sh17.6 billion on tablets for primary school pupils.
  • Mr Omucheyi asked the government to release a scheme of service for technical and graduate teachers and harmonise housing allowances.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers yesterday gave the government up to December to employ 85,000 teachers or be ready to face a backlash from its more than 240,000 members in next year’s elections.

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