The education system was plunged into fresh confusion after teachers demanded that their employer withdraw an appeal it has lodged in court as a precondition for calling off the strike. With KCSE practicals set to start today the nation is engulfed in uncertainty.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) declared it was ready to call off the one-month strike if their employer, the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), and the government withdraw all legal challenges against implementation of the 50-60 per cent pay increase.
“Implementation of Justice (Nduma) Nderi’s award and these appeals (in court) against the award, which appeals seek to set aside the said award, are mutually exclusive.
“The two cannot proceed concurrently.
“It is for the foregoing reasons that Knut calls on the government to confirm the appeals will be withdrawn to clear the way for implementation of Justice (Nelson) Abuodha’s judgment,” said Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion. The TSC appeal is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday.
The two giant unions, Knut and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), have summoned their top decision-making organs for a meeting in Nairobi Monday to deliberate on the way forward.