May 23, 2024

Crisis looms as teachers issue a 7-day notice for nationwide strike

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Crisis looms as teachers issue a 7-day notice for nationwide strike

Teachers' union, KUPPET issues a 7-day notice for a nationwide strike over schools' capitation

Teachers union, KUPPET issues a 7-day notice for a nationwide strike over schools’ capitation.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), on behalf of school heads, has given the Ministry of Education a seven-day ultimatum to release capitation funds.

The union has vowed to call for a nationwide strike if the monies are not disbursed.

Speaking to the media, the union officials claimed that the education sector is being severely harmed by the delay in capitation and that schools have been forced to cancel some activities like lab practicals and sports.

Moreover, the teachers are opposing the proposed reduction of the money assigned to each student.

The government reduced the capitation from Ksh22,224 to about Ksh17,000 reflecting a sharp decline in government funds.

“We are giving the government seven days to disburse the funds otherwise we will instruct our teachers to close down schools and send students home until the day the funds will be sent,” explained the KUPPET Chair, Omboko Milemba.

Further, the union denoted that the money issued to schools was only 30 percent of the required capitation.

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“Only President Ruto can avert further damage, we, therefore, appeal to the President to stop the hemorrhage in the education sector,” stated Secretary General Akello Misori.

According to KUPPET, the government’s cancellation of the EduAfya Programme was also affecting the schools. They, therefore, appealed to the government to reinvest the funds to the schools even if it was not within the education programme.

The wrangles within the education ministry have continued to be prominent in the recent past with the most notable being the stalemate between the Junior Secondary School teachers and the Teachers Service Commission(TSC).

JSS teachers who had been teaching on an internship basis threatened a mass strike until the commission hired them on a permanent and pensionable basis.

However, the government bowed to the pressure and announced the promotion of more than 36,000 teachers.

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