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Knut, Kuppet resolve to end teachers’ strike

Learning in public schools will resume on Monday after Kenya National Union of Teacher (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education (Kuppet) agreed to call off the 10-day strike as the arbitration process continues.

Both unions say they will convene their respective National Executive Council on Friday to formally announce the end of the strike.

“My union has agreed to call off the strike following arbitration by the court. The court has directed government to add pay. Knut will obey the court order. I will convene a NEC meeting on Friday and officially call off the strike. Teaching in public schools will resume Monday,” Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said on Twitter.

“Court takes over adjudication of teachers pay. All hostilities including strike to cease. Schools open on Monday next week.”

COURT ORDER

His Kuppet counterpart Akello Misori said they are likely to convene a NEC meeting before Sunday to communicate to teachers on the implication of defying the court order.

“The court ordered teachers to go back to work but the communication of the union will be subjected to the direction which will be given by the National Executive Council,” said Misori

Industrial court judge Nduma Nderi on Wednesday directed that no one teacher should be victimized for participating in the strike. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had threatened to withdraw salaries of the striking workers.

In the deal, Knut and Kuppet will to file a memorandum with the court by January 19 and TSC by January 26. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission will then have 10 days to file its report.