Public university students countrywide will go on a hunger strike next week if lecturers are not paid their dues, student leaders have said.
The disgruntled students, whose academic timetable has been interrupted three times this year by the lecturers’ strike, have resolved to take matters into their own hands.
They said they would push for the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for their lecturers. said Edwin Kegoli the chairman of Moi University Nairobi campus.
“We EMPATHIZE with our lecturers and opine that the government should honour the CBA that it signed, agreed on with lecturers and consequently deposited in court. We pray to the government to listen to the grievances fronted by lecturers and address them before the situation causes more adverse effects to learning in the universities,”
The student leaders have come up with a five-point action plan to agitate for the implementation of the CBA, starting with a press conference today.
They will then start a hunger strike on Wednesday morning as they hold a protest at the Education ministry offices in Nairobi and later in the day, present a petition to the National Assembly through the Education committee.
On Thursday, November 9, the students will continue with their hunger strike and will be outside of the Office of the President. On Friday, they will head to State House to seek the President’s intervention on the matter.
The students have also threatened to carry their mattresses and spend the night outside the ministry’s offices until the dispute is resolved.
Courtesy of Daily Nation.