JSS Intern Teachers To Strike In January if TSC Renews or Extend Contracts
Kericho Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers are threatening to go on strike and withdraw their services once schools reopen for the first term if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) fails to hire them on permanent and pensionable terms.
The JSS teachers gave TSC a three-week notice that they do not want their contracts as interns renewed in January of next year.
“They are going to renew the contracts,” said Mary Rotich, executive of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Kericho branch. We will not accept anything less than confirmation, and we request that TSC not extend the contracts of these teachers…we request that TSC confirm all JSS interns who worked in January 2023.”
Intern teachers have also criticized the monthly payment of Ksh.19,000, claiming that it falls short of the minimum wage and does not meet their demands.
JSS teacher Allan Kirui likened TSC’s treatment to the ‘Shakahola slaughter,’ stating that if their demands are not granted, they will feel compelled to resign.
“Let me tell the entire country that the junior secondary school experience is comparable to the Shakahola massacre; some teachers have worked for 10 months without being confirmed.” “We’ve told TSC to move quickly and confirm 21,000 teachers,” Kirui stated.
This comes as KNUT warned JSS teachers against demonstrating over the same saying that the issue will be adressed in a proper manner.
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“And I warned them (interns), go to the streets and you shall no longer be an intern. What will you do?” Collins Oyuu, the Secretary General, said.
Oyuu stated that there are people instigating intern Junior Secondary School teachers on a one-year contract to organize protests.
JSS intern teachers have been protesting and organizing peaceful demonstrations for better contract terms for the past week.
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JSS Teachers To Strike In January if TSC Renews or Extend Contracts