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Lecturers Headed For Tough Times As Matiang'i Reins In.

Kenyan Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i
Lecturers are headed for tough times after the Education Cabinet Secretary said that the government would start contractual hiring of lecturers. Speaking to Vice Chancellors of public universities on Wednesday , Dr. Fred Matiang'i said that the government would phase out staff that were inherited from previous administrations.
This means that  public universities will stop the hiring of staff on pensionable,permanent terms because the government cannot afford all their incomes.
He added that the change will come into effect at the start of the next financial year.
Kenyan university lecturers are currently on strike after demanding higher remuneration that was agreed to in their 2013-17 collective bargaining agreement  that was created by universities, unions and the government.
In this CBA agreement, lecturers were to gain from a 17.5 % pay addition and a 3.9% hike in house allowances.
 The Cabinet Secretary, known for his tough stances further added that the Ministry had halted the introduction of new university satellite campuses. He said that the universities should instead concentrate on improving the ones that already exist.
 After the new directive, the striking dons have since termed it as 'misplaced' .
Branch Secretary of the University Academic Staff Union (UASU ), Onesmus Mutiso said that this was a sideshow that avoided the main issue of the current strike.
He added that if the government implements the new rule, they would challenge it in court from January.

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