Kenya: Teachers’ Strike Paralyses Learning

SOME 5,600 teachers at the Coast vowed not to step into the classroom for third term until the government finds an amicable solution to their demands.

About 3,000 teachers in Taita Taveta county and 2,600 in Mombasa, Kwale, Malindi and Magarini have joined a nationwide strike to pressure the government to resolve a standoff over employment.

Yesterday students reported to school early in the morning only to return home at around 11.00am. “The strike has begun officially. We have downed our tools until the secretary general tells us otherwise. Right now we are in the staff room strategizing,” said former Knut Mombasa branch chair Lucy Oyugi. Knut Taita Taveta branch executive secretary Rosalia Mkanjala said a few teachers reported to work on Monday.

Speaking on phone, Mkanjala said teachers have suffered for long and the government is being unfair in refusing to meet their demands given the current inflation in the country. “The teachers who were employed on contract terms are getting too little that cannot sustain them in life following the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities,” she said.

Knut Malindi branch secretary general Fredrick Nguma said teachers will not report for duty until they are paid their full increment. He accused the government of mistreating teachers who do a lot work with little pay. In Mombasa teachers demonstrated at Treasury Square where they were addressed by Knut officials.

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