, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – Students in public schools on Monday could not hide their joy as they returned to classes after missing learning due to the teachers’ strike that paralysed learning in public primary and secondary schools for a month.
The students told Capital FM News that they learnt that public schools would resume learning on Monday in the media.
“I heard on the news that we could go back today,” a pupil at Moi Avenue Primary School in Nairobi said.
“We are very happy that we have gone back. We have been at home for five weeks. We are happy to see our teachers and our classmates,” a student at the school who identified herself as Jamila said.
Other schools like Madaraka Primary and Dr Ribeiro Parklands Secondary School were also in session after students reported to school.
However, not all students had reported back to school but the teachers were positive that the rest would report once they receive the news that public schools had been re-opened.
Most teachers were in their staffrooms probably planning for the third term which kicked off a month late.
The National Executive Council of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) called off the strike on Saturday after an order by the Employment and Labour Relations court to suspend the strike for 90 days.
Though teachers agreed to return to school on Monday, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion warned that another strike would be called if the government failed to honour the implementation plan of the 50-60pc pay increase.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates said it was great reprieve that they were at least sure that they could sit for their examinations after the strike was called off.
They were however, concerned that they have been out of school whereas students in private schools who are set to sit the same examinations with went on with their learning uninterrupted