Lecturers refuse to call off strike despite the government releasing funds

The University Academic Staff Union, on November 25, held a pres briefing and insisted that the lecturers strike was still on, despite the government having released KSh5.3 billion to public university accounts

– UASU Secretary General, Constantine Wasonga, made clear the strike would continue and discredited media reports that said it had been called off

– Learning in 31 public universities h been affected by the strike forcing some higher learning instition examinations to pushed forward to next year

UASU, in a press briefing on Saturday, clarified to the public that the lecturer’s strike was still on and would only be called off after the ministry of education chaired a meeting with them.

Wasonga further accused university administrations of being insincere and said that they were yet to air out grievances with the union leaders.

I wish to clarify that all public university lecturers are still on strike until the government meets our demands,” Wasonga said in a press briefing.

The seceratery general said that media appeals to call off the strike would fall on deaf ears and that the strike would only be called off after signing a return to work formula.

we do not want newspapers, stop wasting money on advertisements and engage the union.” Wasonga further added.

Lecturer’s stand off continues until ministry officials meet union leaders. Photo:Nation

According to previous local media reports, National Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, confirmed that the Treasury had released KSh5.3 billion in line with the demands by lecturers on salary increment and house allowance.

The standoff has taken its toll on public universities, with learning paralysed 31 instituions countrywide, rendering examinations and other core activities postponed until next year.

Pius Ash

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