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Varsities ‘owe part-time lecturers five-year dues’

Seth Onyango @SethManex

A number of students in public universities may fail to graduate as part-time lecturers withhold their marks over unpaid wages. It has emerged that some public universities owe part-time lecturers pay dating back to 2013 in what threatens to derail the scholastic journey of some students.

Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary general Constantine Wasonga (pictured) made the damning revelations when the union officials appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Education.

“Universities employ part-time lecturers but unfortunately, they do not pay them. There are universities which have not paid part time tutors since 2013. They have resorted to withholding marks and that’s why we have missing marks everywhere because how can I give you marks when you are not paying me,” Wasonga said.

In December last year, the former Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi challenged universities to streamline their record keeping to curb the menace of missing student marks.

On the ongoing strike, Wesonga vowed the strike would go on until their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed last year between the union and the government is honoured.

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