1 September 2012

Kenya: Teachers Back Monday Strike

The country's public education system is likely to grind to a halt today, after teachers maintained that they were embarking on their planned ... ( Resource: Kenyan Teachers Vow to Strike

Teachers in Nakuru have said they support the proposed strike set to start on Monday. THE Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers Nakuru County branch has expressed its full participation in the next week's teachers' strike.

Speaking to in Nakuru town, Kuppet Nakuru the branch secretary Gakau Mbugwa said have been discriminated for too long by the government. He said the salaries of all civil servants have been increased while teachers have been sidelined. "Three years down the line nothing has happened to show government's efforts to fulfill the promise they made on salary increment," he said.

The 170 teachers also advised parents not to take their children back to schools as they will only resume teaching after government addresses their plight. At the same time, Nakuru County TNA Interim officials have supported the lecturers and teachers strike. "It is really a shame for theGovernmnet to claim it does not have money to pay them yet Ksh 106 billion was returned back to treasury by different Ministries. It has been a common thing for the parliamentarians to increase their pay and allowances within a short time," said Peter Njuguna, the party's Interim Chairman.

The officials asked the Government to intervene and avert the strike. "We are afraid that KCSE and KCPE candidates results will be affected if the Government will not act in time," said Francis Njuguna, the party's Interim Secretary General. 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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