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By Standard Digital Reporter

Nairobi, Kenya: Deputy President William Ruto has strongly defended the laptop project pledged by the Jubilee government.

Ruto said that the project is well thought out and that the government is committed to ensuring that it is implemented.
Teachers had suggested that part of the Sh53 billion meant for the project be allocated to paying teachers whose strike is on day 5.

The Deputy President urged teachers to hounour the court ruling and resume work Tuesday morning, adding that the goverment is very willing to negotiate with them over their salaries.
Monday, the Industrial court ordered the teachers to report to work by 9am Tuesday. TSC, Kuppet and Knut will negotiate and table a report on July15.

Ruto, who was accompanied by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi and his Labour counterpart Kazungu Kambi, while making the government statement on the ongoing teachers strike said the government will approach the negotiation table with an open mind.

He explained that of the 53billion will be spread out in the next three years, 15.4 billion will go towards provision of electricity to 12,000schools across the country, a move that will benefit 2,000 homesteads to be connected to the grid.

"The Government is prepared to engage with workers, as long as it is on al legally provided platform," said Ruto.
He argued that it is the unions that have refused to dialogue, but the government is ready for the same.


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