Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Knut, TSC agree on teacher promotions

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion addressing the press at the union's offices in Nairobi on January 6, 2013. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion addressing the press at the union's offices in Nairobi on January 6, 2013. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Teachers across the country are set to be promoted after an agreement between the national union of teachers and their employer.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) agreed with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Wednesday to form a joint committee on the matter.
The team is expected to sit and verify the number of teachers who qualify for promotion as of January 8, 2014.

TSC says their records indicate that 6,675 teachers qualify for promotion but according to Knut, the number is 53,000.

TSC said it would engage the Treasury to provide the money necessary to effect the promotions once the verification is done.

“We have had the most faithful talks in a long time and we call on all teachers to go back to class and leave this matter to us” said William Sossion, Knut secretary general.

TSC Secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni said they would keep their part of the bargain in ensuring that the exact number of teachers that will be confirmed by the committee get their promotions in accordance with the law.

Teachers had earlier deferred a planned strike over the matter pending the outcome of the negotiations.