Magoha Addresses Reports of Nationwide University Strike
The Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has refuted rumors of a nationwide university strike beginning on September 12.
The Universities Academic Personnel Union (UASU) has remarked that most public institutions of higher education struggle to pay their professors and non-teaching staff.
Magoha insisted that the Ministry of Education had not been informed of impending industrial action.
“I do not remember getting a strike notice from any university. If a strike is not protected, then you know what happens,” he explained.
He noted that, despite this, he was determined to tackle the difficulties faced by higher education institutions.
He contended that organizing a strike without notifying the appropriate authorities constituted a violation of the labor regulations contained in the Constitution.
He added that the future administration of William Ruto would handle capitation and infrastructure development issues.
Thus, the union demanded the complete execution of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2017-21. (CBA).
Onesmus Mutio, national organizing secretary for UASU, ascribed it to the National Treasury’s late cash remittance.
“It is not our mandate to ensure that the government releases money on time. Vice-chancellors should be able to engage the National Treasury,” Mutio told Nation Africa on Saturday, September 10.
On the other hand, professors reached out to President-elect William Ruto, requesting that he prioritize fixing university difficulties.
They also asked that the future head of state equip and make available technical and vocational education and training (TVETS) institutions.
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They remarked, “We are optimistic that Ruto, being an academic giant himself, will swiftly and efficiently implement procedures to rescue public colleges drowning in debt.”
Even as universities continue to battle with loans, their concerns persist. In 2021, Auditor General Nancy Gathungu uncovered the escalating debts of Moi, Kenyatta, and the University of Nairobi universities.
Gathungu recommended the institutions decrease their personnel and expenses.