How UHURU/RUTO’s Government got defiant teachers to end the STRIKE after four weeks.News 01:59
Thursday July 18, 2013 - The Jubilee Government used all manners of tactics through negotiations right from the time the teachers’ strike kicked off until yesterday, when the Kenya National Union of Teachers called it off.
However, the last minutes’ drastic measures taken by Uhuru/Ruto’s Government to economically cripple teachers as well as threaten to throw some of the union’s officials to jail, forced teachers to retreat after meeting Deputy President William Ruto.
What exactly did Uhuru/Ruto do to have defiant teachers call off their strike?
Well, first, the Government through Teachers Service Commission (TSC) withheld teachers’ June salary to cripple them from meeting their expenses as well service their loans.
Secondly, the directive by Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, to close down all public Primary Schools, sent shock waves to teachers as that would have meant that they would have gone without salaries until after August, when schools were likely to re-open.
The contempt charges against KNUT top officials, Chairman Wilson Sossioni and the Acting Secretary General, Mudzo Nzili, which is set to be determined on Monday next week, also got teachers to rethink their hard-line stand because the two union leaders risked being thrown in jail.
All these factors together with other minor ones caused panic within the teachers’ fraternity and prompted KNUT to call off the strike.
The Kenyan DAILY POST