NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2 – Students in public schools will wait longer for learning to resume after the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) vowed to continue with the nationwide strike.
After holding a meeting on Wednesday, the union’s top brass said nothing else would make teachers resume work unless they see a difference in their pay slips.
“We are heading for an infinite withdrawal of labour until and when the teachers are awarded their pay. I therefore, hereby declare formal commencement of a full strike,” KNUT Secretary General Wilfred Sossion said.
“We are telling teachers don’t move near any learning institution,” he warned.
According to Sossion, officials representing all regions in the country agreed that no teacher will report to school until the government honours the court order awarding them a 50 to 60 percent pay increase.
Sossion said teachers will not accept to be taken for granted and that is why no form of explanation without money would work.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Supreme Court added its weight to the teachers pay demands after Justice Jackton Ojwang’ declined to give the Teachers Service Commission a stay order to implementing the increment.
Despite the pressure from teachers and the court ruling in support of the teachers’ pay increase, the government has stated that it cannot afford to pay the teachers.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the government is not able to raise the Sh17 billion required to meet the order granted by the Employment and Labour Relations court.
However, KNUT officials said they believed that the government had resources and dismissed its claims that it could not afford to implement the pay rise.