Kenya: Teachers issue new strike threat on new jobs

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers will mobilise its members to go on strike next month following the government’s failure to recruit all the trained and qualified teachers in this year’s budget.

Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion said the union had expected the government to budget at least Sh18 billion for the hiring of more than 90,000 trained teachers as opposed to its budget of Sh2 billion to hire 5,000 tutors.

“It is foolhardy for the government to train teachers using public money and fail to utilise them,” Mr Sossion said.

He said it beats logic for the government to talk of its commitment to the education of the Kenyan child yet it was not ready to employ enough teachers.

Mr Sossion said that this time round, the union will not only mobilise its members to go on strike but will also involve the public whose children are made to suffer as a result of the government’s failure to recruit enough teachers.

Mr Sossion (right) was speaking at Koibeyon Mixed Day and Boarding Secondary School in Bomet East constituency during the institution’s prize-giving day presided over by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto

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