Kenya Teachers strike unrelenting

January 21, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – Hard stances taken by the government and teachers continued to paralyse learning in primary schools on Wednesday as the nationwide teachers’ strike entered day three.

Sources at the Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Commission said that the government was awaiting a ruling by the industrial court on Friday before taking any action.

“I can confirm there are some consultations within government departments but it does not appear like we will talk with the teachers yet,” a source at the Ministry confirmed.

The same was established by an official at the TSC headquarters in Nairobi.

“We are still receiving reports from officials on the ground but we might not do much until the ruling is made,” he said.

KNUT officials snubbed the hearing of the case on Tuesday afternoon prompting the Industrial Court to allow TSC to serve the union through the newspapers. Lawyers of the Commission said that they had tried unsuccessfully to serve union officials personally. 

TSC confirmed to Capital News that the notice would be placed in the local dailies on Thursday.

But as the government adopted a ‘watch and see’ attitude, seven million children countrywide continue to suffer. The disappointment was evident on the faces of children Capital News saw leaving for home at about midday, after staying idle in school for several hours.

“There was nothing much to do so we decided to go home,” Judith Wanjiku from City Primary School said.

“I am very discouraged now that we are not learning,” her friend Mary Otieno added.

Most schools across the country remained empty as teachers stood their ground regarding the boycott. In Nairobi, only a handful of pupils went to school on Wednesday, while some institutions were totally deserted.


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