MUTULA and KNUT call off TEACHERS’ STRIKE that was to start TOMORROW

Sunday, the 17th of February 2013 - Officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) today called off the teachers’ strike that was set to start tomorrow in order to allow for Form 1 students to report to their assigned schools and also as a concession to allow dialogue with the government.

The Kenyan DAILY POST has learnt that the KNUT officials only agreed to call off tomorrow’s strike after a six-hour meeting with high ranking officials from the Ministry of Education led by Minister Mutula Kilonzo at the Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County.

At the meeting, it was resolved that the KNUT officials and the government would soon begin discussions to achieve the implementation of legal notice No. 534 of 1997. The discussions are to focus the form in which the teachers are to receive their house, medical and commuter allowances.

After the meeting, Mutula seemed too relieved to announce the postponement of the strike;
"The planned nationwide teachers strike shall be suspended pending the outcome of the provisions discussed today," he said.

Also present during today’s meeting were Education Permanent Secretary Prof George Godia, KNUT National chairman Mr Wilson Sossion, acting Secretary General Mr Xavier Nyamu and National treasurer Mr Albunus Mutisya.



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