The Star (Nairobi)

29 August 2012

Kenya: Teachers' Strike to Begin On Monday

The country's public education system is facing an imminent shutdown next week after the umbrella teachers' union- KNUT and the University ... ( Resource: Kenyan Teachers' Strike Set for Next Week

The government has until Monday to avert a nationwide teachers strike.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General David Okuta, has called for the suspension of all school programs by next week Monday unless the government honours pledges made in a 1997 agreement.

According to the agreement gazetted as Legal Notice 534, teachers were set to receive housing allowance at 50 percent, 20 percent for medical and 10 percent for transport allowance.

Teachers are also demanding a 300 percent increment on salaries and allowances. They also want responsibility allowances to be paid to school heads, deputies and heads of departments. KNUT officials have also called off all annual general meetings scheduled for September in its branches countrywide.

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