By Everlyne Wanjala

Junior secondary school teachers in Kopsiro Sub-County, Bungoma County, have brought teaching to a standstill through a peaceful strike. The industrial action, which began yesterday, is the culmination of a long-standing dispute between teachers and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) over job security, promotion, and benefits.

According to sources, the teachers have refused to return to their duties until their demands are met. The strike has left over 5,000 students in the region without access to classes, leaving parents and caregivers concerned about the impact on their children’s education.

The teachers’ union has accused the TSC of ignoring their grievances and failing to address their concerns. “We have been patient for too long, but it seems that our voices are being ignored,” said a spokesperson for the union.

The situation has taken a political turn, with some politicians allegedly using divisive rhetoric and inciting violence against the teachers. Local residents have expressed concern over the escalating situation, calling for calm and a peaceful resolution.

In response to the situation, Njeru Njue, the County Police Commander, has assured that the government is taking steps to resolve the issue and ensure that the demonstration does not disrupt daily activities in the region. “We are working closely with all stakeholders to find a solution that meets the needs of all parties involved,” he said.

The Deputy County Director of Education has also urged teachers to return to their duties while negotiations are ongoing. The situation is likely to continue until a resolution is reached, with both sides remaining firm in their demands.

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