NEWS: UHURU directs Education Ministry, TSC, SRC and KNUT to sit down and end teachers’ STRIKE

Friday, the 21st 0f June 2013 - President Uhuru Kenyatta has this evening directed the Cabinet Secretary Education, Jacob Kaimenyi, as well as the relevant officials in the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to meet with teachers’ unions in order to resolve the ongoing strike.
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In a statement released by State House Uhuru said the current pay dispute with the teachers requires ‘sobriety and dialogue’;

“The long standing dispute between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is yet another challenge in the sector that calls for sobriety and dialogue,” he said.

The President directed the relevant Government officers to meet with the teachers’ unions and resolve their concerns;

“I have today directed the Cabinet Secretary Education, Science and Technology, and the Teachers Service Commission in consultation with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to immediately engage the Kenya National Union of Teachers and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers to discuss any outstanding issues.”

The President concluded that the interests of learners should be at the forefront of the agenda;

“I expect the process to proceed expeditiously in order that no disruption to the learning of our children is occasioned. In addressing and finalizing this issue, the driving motive must be the national interest and especially the interest of our young people.”

It’s not clear whether the teachers unions would sit down with the Government since KNUT chairman Wilson Sossion as late as Thursday was saying that the union had no interest in talk and only wants money.