The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has issued a statement over strike notice ahead of KCSE, KCPE exams issued by the teachers’ union on February 23rd.
According to KUPPET Secretary-General, Akelo Misori, he clarified that the demands issued by the union during the press conference were taken out of context. Misori said this during an interview on a local TV station on Tuesday, March 1.
He stated that the seven-day strike notice was misunderstood insisting that KUPPET did not direct teachers to down their tools.
Misori added that KUPPET was only looking for an avenue to engage with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ahead of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations scheduled to begin on the second week of March.
“As teachers, we are parents. When we call for a strike, there are various channels that we follow. During the February 23 presser, we stated that if TSC failed to meet the demands as stated, we would call a National Governing Council (NGC) to give direction.
“As the SG, I am just a mouthpiece and I state what the members tell me to. The media misinterpreted the strike notice on their own,” the SG stated
KUPPET SG also criticized Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, over his sentiments regarding the strike notice, adding that he should have sought clarification from the union.
He explained that the misunderstanding has seen teachers get backlash from members of the public over the decision to call a strike ahead of the national examinations.
“I think the problem was that the CS made statements based on what he had read from the media. He did not come to consult us over the same.
“If he was really concerned, he should have called me to clarify our stand. He is also playing politics with it so that the public can turn against us,” Misori expressed