Kenya: 245,000 teachers go without September pay

By Editorial Board - 4 October 2015 at 8:09 pm
Kenya Teachers protest in the streets of Nairobi during their strike holding banners in Nairobi Tuesday Sept. 6, 2011.  The chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers says 200,000 teachers in schools have started a strike to protest the diversion of funds meant to hire more teachers and ease classroom overcrowding, in a move expected to affect more than 10 million children.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

AP Photo/Khalil Senosi

More than 245,000 Kenyan teachers will not be paid their September salaries as they continue to strike, the Daily Nation reported. The Teachers Service Commission ordered teachers to return to their work this Thursday at the Court of Appeal, however, many did not.

A source who asked to remain unnamed told the Daily Nation, “the teachers would have been on the payroll after the Friday ruling when they were directed to report to duty, but they did not.”

In a letter addressed to President Uhuru Kenyatta written by Education International’s General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen – an organisation that represents teachers across the globe – said that Kenyatta should “respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of teachers in accordance with international standards related to collective bargaining,”

He continued to say that he considers “that the [Kenyan] Government will act swiftly to address the demands of teachers in Kenya, so that they can resume their duties without any victimisation. This will enable the pupils and students to continue with their education without further interruption.”

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