Education Ministry to seek review of sacked JSS tutors

The Ministry of Education wants a review of the sacking of 742 Junior Secondary School tutors, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang has said.

Speaking in Nakuru the PS labeled the matter a labour issue, which he said would be dealt with by the Labour Ministry and the teachers’ employer- the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has already petitioned the TSC to reinstate the sacked teachers.

At the same time, the union has formally written to the commission for the tutors to be reinstated within 14 days or it would seek alternative avenues, including going to court.

KUPPET Deputy Secretary-General Moses Nthurima said although the teachers are not members of the union, Kuppet would go to court on their behalf in the public interest.

TSC issued ‘show cause’ letters to 10,348 JSS teachers, giving them 14 days to respond and report back to work.

Some 9,606 teachers reported back, leaving out 742 whose contracts were cancelled.

In total, 46,000 teachers are on contract. JSS leadership called off their strike after the government said they would be employed on permanent terms.

The JSS teachers went on strike last month when schools reopened for the second term.

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