Agreement between TSC and teachers is historic – President Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and teachers’ unions, terming it a historic move that will improve the country’s education sector.
Speaking at State House, Mombasa on Wednesday after a meeting with the TSC and KNUT leadership, the President praised the agreement that covers the period 2013 – 2017, saying for the first time there is a platform on which future discussions and negotiations between the employee (unions) and the employer (TSC) will be held.
“Today is, indeed, a historic day as we see the first ever CBA between the teachers unions and their employer, the Teachers Service Commission,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “As you will recall, a few months ago I asked the TSC and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to sit together as reasonable people and find a way forward in establishing a harmonious relation in the education sector.”
The CBA signed Tuesday introduces, among other things, an alternative dispute resolution mechanism that seeks to end the perennial strikes that have dogged the education sector in the past.
Uhuru assured KNUT that the next CBA (2017-2021) would also be concluded in a manner that will ensure harmony.
The Head of State pointed out that harmonious relations between the TSC and teachers’ unions cannot exist in an environment of confrontation noting that the two must look for a way that will ensure the education of Kenyan children is not put at risk, especially during their crucial time when they are doing their exams.
“The whole purpose of working together is to ensure that we give our children a firm foundation on which to build their future,” the Head of State said.
“Both the government and the teachers’ unions have a responsibility to ensure that the education sector is run in the best interest of the child.”
President Kenyatta also assured the teachers as well as other public servants that his Government is committed to safeguarding their welfare.
The Head of State also met the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) National Chairman Omboka Milemba who praised the CBA.
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