KUPPET to Lead JSS Intern Teachers Demonstrations on Monday; Reasons

In response to a recent judgment by Hon. Justice Ongaya regarding the legality of internship positions under the Teachers Service Commission, the Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers have announced plans for a demonstration.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) leaders will lead the demonstration across various counties on Monday, April 29, 2024.

The demonstrations will take place in the towns of Kapsabet, Narok, Iten, and Kilifi, among others, concluding at the TSC county offices.

The intention is to urge the TSC to address salary disparities between interns and teachers on permanent and pensionable (PnP) terms and to employ JSS interns on permanent and pensionable terms.

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“We are advocating for fair treatment and equitable compensation for JSS interns,” stated a spokesperson for the organizing teachers. “It is essential that interns are provided with secure employment and compensated fairly for their contributions to the education sector.”

Its primary objectives are as follows:

  1. Demand Withdrawal of TSC Appeal: KUPPET calls upon the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to withdraw its appeal on the recent court ruling.
  2. Uphold Court Ruling: The union urges TSC to honor the court ruling and confirm the employment status of all JSS interns.
  3. Compensation for Underpaid Periods: KUPPET demands that TSC compensate all JSS interns, as directed by the court ruling, for the duration of their service.
  4. End to Discriminatory Employment Terms: We urge the TSC to address discriminatory employment terms that impact intern teachers in the region.

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The demonstration is expected to commence at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m., during which time participants will peacefully voice their concerns and present their demands to the relevant authorities.

“We kindly request your offices to provide us with escort police officers to ensure our safety and that of the general public,” stated the letter from KUPPET.

The organizers have notified the Kenya Police of their intentions and have affirmed their commitment to conducting a peaceful demonstration under the law.

KUPPET to Lead JSS Intern Teachers Demonstrations on Monday; Reasons

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