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Teachers union warns of contract termination of JSS tutors

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) warns of potential termination of contracts of Junior Secondary Teachers (JSS) over their demonstrations.

KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu said the union would prefer the teachers to be incorporated under permanent and pensionable employment terms during a fundraiser on December 11, 2023, at Gagra Catholic Church, but he cautioned that the strikes are impeding progress.

Oyuu claimed that the teachers had been incited by the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).

The KNUT secretary general warned the JSS teachers that KUPPET would not save them if their contracts were cancelled. 

Oyuu further charged that KUPPET organized and provided financing for the JSS teachers’ demonstrations. 

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In his statement, Oyuu pointed out that it is wrong for KUPPET to mislead the teachers into protesting.

Mr. Oyuu went on to add that KNUT is dedicated to holding an amicable discussion with the government through the Education Ministry. 

The primary focus of the discussions would be the protocols for integrating teachers into permanent and pensionable contracts.

This comes after JSS teachers in recent weeks staged demonstrations across the country.

The JSS teachers complained over the government’s failure to revise the terms of their contracts warning that they would not resume their workstations in January if their grievances are not addressed.

Meanwhile, TSC had earlier announced that it would extend the JSS teachers’ contracts rather than hire them on permanent and pensionable terms.

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