Teachers have threatened to call a strike ahead of a crucial meeting with Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha on Tuesday.
The meeting is set to discuss the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion set the tone for the meeting with demands that Teachers Service Commission (TSC) withdraws suspension letters recently issued to 160 teachers and suspends the curriculum implementation.
He said, should the affected teachers fail to be reinstated, their strike will be inevitable.
Knut also wants the ministry to suspend the implementation of delocalisation exercise which has caused an uproar in the education sector with the union saying the policy was being implemented without a legal framework in place.
Mr Sossion, who spoke at Rakwaro Kamwala Primary School in Rachuonyo North, Homa Bay County, during Knut Rachuonyo branch Annual General meeting on Sunday, said teachers may go on strike if the affected teachers are not reinstated.
“If we do not succeed on Tuesday at Jogoo House, National Executive Council and the advisory council prepare yourself. We shall call all of you out for a strike. That is the only weapon left for teachers,” Mr Sossion said.
While speaking at Fairhills Hotel, Bomet, during the branch’s AGM on Saturday, Mr Sossion and Knut Vice Chairman Wycliffe Omuchei claimed that the World Bank and Unicef were forcing the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum yet it had failed in other countries.
Education CS has convened a meeting with Knut on Tuesday to discuss issues which have continued to elicit a storm in the sector.
But Mr Sossion said: “This process (CBC) was rejected by teachers in the United States of America, United Kingdom and other African countries including South Africa. Why is Kenyan government so keen on implementing it in the name of securing a legacy for President Uhuru Kenyatta?”