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CS Yatani appoints mediator in Knut-TSC row as strike looms

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By OUMA WANZALA
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Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani has appointed a concilliator to mediate the dispute between the Teachers Service Commission and the Kenya National Union of Teachers.

Mr Yattani appointed Labour relations officer Charles Maranga on Thursday, a day after Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion declared that teachers will go on strike on January 2.

The row between the TSC and Knut is with regard to promotions, transfers and performance appraisals.

Earlier on Thursday, the commission said it was recruiting 1,197 teachers to replace those who have exited the service through natural attrition in the last three months.

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Some 893 vacancies are in primary schools and 304 in secondary schools, said the commission’s Chief Executive Officer  Nancy Macharia.

While issuing the strike notice on Wednesday, Mr Sossion accused the TSC of “de-professionalising the teaching profession” and failing to promote teachers based on merit, qualifications, long service and exceptional performance.

The Knut boss further said they were angered by Ms Macharia’s decision to transfer more than 3,000 head-teachers “irregularly”.

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