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Lecturers resume work amid crackdown by varsities

Thursday May 10 2018

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Uasu Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga (left) and chairman Muga K'Olale demonstrate in Nairobi, last year. A number of lecturers have resumed duty. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By OUMA WANZALA
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A number of lecturers have started to resume work although at a slow pace as universities crack down on those who are defiant.

At Kenyatta University, students reported back on Monday, and they have started to learn. Learning has also resumed at Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and University of Nairobi (UoN).

This came after lecturers in these and other institutions were forced to individually sign commitment letters as the 31 public universities move to end the two-month strike.

At UoN, more than 35 lecturers have received suspension letters after declining to resume work. Those who are not working have also been denied their salaries.

CAUTIONED LECTURERS

Students leaders have also been roped in by vice-chancellors, and they have cautioned lecturers who will disrupt learning of dire consequences.

Security has  been beefed up in universities to ensure that those who want to teach are free to do so.  At TUK, student leader Mark Oroko said learning resumed on May 2.

But yesterday, Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) and Kenya University Staff Union (Kusu) condemned the tactics that have been employed by universities to ensure learning resumes.

The two unions protested the harassment of its members by police and universities’ management, saying it was against the law. They maintained that no learning was going on in those institutions. Uasu Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga also cautioned those signing commitment letters.

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