Kenya: Teachers continue to strike

By Editorial Board - 22 September 2015 at 5:53 am
Kenya: Teachers continue to strike

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The Kenyan government has closed all public and private schools due to teacher strikes, which seem to have no end in sight.

Leah Rotich, the acting secretary in the ministry of Education, stated on Friday that the term dates for schools have been revised.

In a statement made on Friday to newsrooms in Kenya, Rotich said that only those who are in class 8 and form 4 will remain in school in order to continue with their revision for the national exams.

The exams are due to take place on October 12 this year and seem to be on schedule, said Education PS Belio Kipsang.

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, told the nation on Sunday advised teachers to return to work as their demand for a 60 percent pay rise is not achievable.

“Frankly, it is wrong to hold our children hostage to wage demands,” Kenyatta told reporters.

Reuters reported that the Kenyan labour court is due to decide whether the teachers’ strike in legal or not on September 25.

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