TSC now threatens to sack striking teachers

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is now threatening to interdict tutors who are participating in the nationwide strike which it has termed illegal.

A statement from the commission indicated that the strike which entered its fourth day Thursday was not properly called because the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have not served TSC with a notice as required in law.

It directed teachers to report to schools immediately, failure to which action will be taken against individuals.

“No strike notice has been issued as per the law. Whatever reason given for the strike is still subject to an appeal in the Court of Appeal. Any strike action emanating from the current circumstances is illegal and unprotected,” a statement signed by the TSC’s Head of Communications Kihumba Kamotho warned.

“Individual teachers who boycott work or engage in unprofessional conduct will certainly suffer consequences in accordance to the Teachers Service Commission Act and the Code of Regulations for Teachers.”

But in a quick rejoinder, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said the statement was a mere act of intimidation and that they were not compelled to issue another strike notice.

“Don’t expect us to go back and issue another seven day strike notice when there was another notice that was issued on December 28, 2014, and the strike commenced on January 5, 2015, we only opted to move to court and now that there is non-compliance on the part of the Teachers Service Commission, teachers are at liberty to resume strike action without prompting the employer.”

The union also termed as an ‘exercise in futility’ reports that TSC sent chiefs, policemen and its officers to take roll call in schools. “Let those officers and the police go and take roll calls of trees in schools, they know very well that teachers are on strike and still send officers to schools,” Nzili told X News today.

“We shall not move an inch below what was awarded and we will only resume duties when all this is delivered. We are not negotiating with the court orders,” added Sossion.

This came even as a section of the Civil Society threatened to sue the government and the Teachers’ Unions for ‘making the pupils suffer’ while they are not party to the stand-off between the two.

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