Magoha Addresses Reports of Universities’ Strike,
Magoha Addresses Reports of Universities’ Strike
George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, has denied rumors of a nationwide university strike that will begin on September 12th.
Magoha insisted that the Ministry of Education had not been notified of any impending strikes.
He continued by saying that despite the challenges, he was dedicated to helping institutions of higher learning.
He claimed that initiating a strike without notifying the appropriate authorities constituted a violation of the Constitution’s fundamental labor regulations.
“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 added that issues about infrastructure development and capitation will be addressed by the new William Ruto administration.
He made these remarks after the Universities Academic Personnel Union (UASU) expressed regret about how difficult it is for the majority of public institutions of higher education to pay their lecturers and non-teaching staff.
Onesmus Mutio, the national organizing secretary for UASU, blamed it on the National Treasury’s slow transmission of cash.
“Making sure that the government releases funds on time is not our responsibility. Vice-chancellors must have the authority to work with the National Treasury, “Mutio stated to Nation Africa on September 10 on Saturday.
As a result, the union urged that the 2017–21 Collective Bargaining Agreement be fully implemented (CBA).
On the other side, lecturers reached out to President-elect William Ruto, asking him to prioritise addressing challenges faced by universities. They also asked the incoming head of state to equip technical and vocational education and training (TVETS) institutes and make them accessible.
“We are optimistic that Ruto, being an academic giant himself, will urgently and effectively put in mechanisms to rescue public universities languishing in choking debt,” they stated.
Their worries arise despite the fact that universities are still struggling with debt. Nancy Gathungu, the Auditor General, exposed Moi, Kenyatta universities, and the University of Nairobi in 2021 due to their mounting indebtedness.
Gathungu suggested that the institutions reduce spending and their employees.