Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha has disregarded claims of planned countrywide lecturers strike that is set to happen tomorrow.
While inspecting the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classes in Bungoma yesterday, Magoha said that he had not received any strike notice rendering the claims as rumours.
“I am not aware that there is a looming strike for lecturers on Monday. But this is a country and there is a government in place now and there’ll be another government in place on Tuesday. No government of the republic of Kenya shall be taken for granted at any time. If there are issues of dispute at any time, there are proper means and ways of resolving them. You have to give notice. I don’t remember getting a strike notice from any University,” he said.
This comes after Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) had complained that most public tertiary institutions were struggling to pay their lecturers and staff.
Onesmus Mutio, UASU national organizing secretary said the reason for the delays was the late disbursement of funds by the National Treasury.
Magoha urged the concerned parties that for a strike to be protected, they had to give notice and not resort to drastic measures
He later went on and commended the CBC contractors for managing to complete the classrooms before President Uhuru Kenyatta completed his tenure.
Magoha also assured them that their unpaid dues will be settled by the new government led by president-elect William Ruto.