PRESS RELEASE ON THE TEACHERS STRIKE
Following the meeting held between His Excellency the President,the Prime Minister, the Vice President, the Deputy Prime Ministerand Minister for Finance and the Minister of Education thisevening, on the ongoing teachers’ strike, we wish to inform you asfollows:-
Recognizing the severe shortage of teachers in the country,(now estimated at 80,000) and noting that the governmenthired 18,000 teachers on contract basis last year in anattempt to bridge the shortage, the Government has decidedas follows:-
That the 18,000 teachers currently serving on contractwill continue to do so as per the agreement signedbetween the two unions (Kenya National Union of Teachers and KUPPET).
The Government commits that the 18,000 teachersserving on contract will be recruited to permanent andpensionable terms after serving for three years. Thisapplies to the subsequent groups of contract teachersto be hired.
Additionally, for any other teaching positions that willarise in the interim period, e.g. due to natural attrition,the teachers on contract will receive first priority in thefilling of those positions in the order in which they werehired.
That the Government will immediately embark onrecruitment of another 20,000 teachers on contractbasis and will do so at the same rate (i.e. employing20,000 teachers each year) for the next three years inorder to substantially reduce the current shortage of teachers in the country.