Dr Samwel Obuchi of Moi University main campus in Eldoret says the lecturers’ strike, which has lasted over two months now, continues to have adverse effects on the morality of students, given some of them resort to crime and prostitution due to idleness.
“In the event that these students are not taught, they often end up engaging in activities that are not academic-based. We have reports which suggest that most of them engage in prostitution,” Mr Obuchi told EDAILY.
Dr.Obuchi argues the students, in many instances, run out of financial resources when trying to sustain their lives in school, and, consequently, resort to crime and prostitution so as to maintain their lifestyles.
The lecturer has urged the Ministry of Education to chime in and salvage the situation – by ensuring varsity dons resume work – before the lives of many students are ruined.
The lecturers have been away from work since March 1, citing failure by the government to table a counter proposal to the lecturers’ pay demands.
Dr Constantine Wasonga, Uasu Secretary-General, said lecturers had no option but to call for a strike until their demands were met.
“Universities academic staff will begin the strike on March 1 and remain on strike until the 2017-2021 CBA is concluded,” said Dr Wesonga in a press conference late February.
The lecturers were on strike three times in 2017 over the 2013-2017 CBA.
They agreed to end the strike in December last year after the government released KSh2 billion for payment of increased salaries and house allowances for lecturers.
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