The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has cautioned rebellious Junior Secondary Teachers (JSS) teachers about the potential termination of their contracts following planned nationwide demonstrations.
During a fundraising event at Gagra Catholic Church on December 11, 2023, KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu expressed the union’s desire for the teachers to secure permanent and pensionable employment. However, he emphasized that the ongoing strikes are impeding progress.
Oyuu accused the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) of misleading the teachers and warned them that KUPPET wouldn’t be able to protect them if their contracts were terminated.
KUPPET Secretary-General Akello Misori recently advocated for confirmation of the teachers’ contracts to permanent terms, warning that failing to do so before the January 2024 expiration could disrupt the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) during the progression to Grade Eight.
Oyuu further alleged that KUPPET was actively supporting and financing the rallies organized by JSS teachers.
The KNUT SG revealed that the union is committed to engaging in constructive discussions with the government through the Education Ministry on the procedures for absorbing teachers into permanent and pensionable contracts.
Over the past two weeks, JSS teachers have been staging demonstrations nationwide, expressing dissatisfaction with the government’s failure to revise the terms of their contracts.
The teachers have threatened not to resume their duties in January unless their concerns are addressed.
This development comes four days after the Senate summoned the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) regarding alleged discrimination and the contractual hiring of teachers.
Nominated Senator Esther Okenyuri, during the session, called on the committee to clarify whether these contract-employed teachers are eligible for TSC employment on permanent and pensionable terms.