, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 19 – The government has directed that public schools should be re-opened on Monday.
The announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science & Technology Jacob Kaimenyi comes after teachers called off their strike on Wednesday.
In a statement released by the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit, Kaimenyi said the government will hold a meeting with education stakeholders on Tuesday to address the time lost during the 24-day strike.
“Pursuant to the statement I issued on 17 July 2013 on the indefinite closure of all public primary schools, I now announce the reopening of the said schools on Monday 22 July 2013,” said Prof Kaimenyi in the statement.
“We take note with concern that the teachers’ strike disrupted learning activities for three weeks. Government will hold a key stakeholders meeting on Tuesday 23 July 2013 in order to agree on how to redress the matter expeditiously,” said Kaimenyi.
Kaimenyi had on Wednesday ordered the indefinite closure of the schools following the crippling teachers’ strike.
On Friday, he said the government remains committed to ensuring that there are no further disruptions to the school calendar and explained that the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will be held on schedule.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) officials ended the strike following a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto.
After the meeting, the union said they had accepted the government’s offer to pay teachers a commuter allowance of between Sh2,900 for the lowest earning teacher and Sh11,000 for the highest earning which will be paid in two phases over the next 12 months.