17 September 2012

Kenya: Schools and University Shut As Strike Rages On

A Cabinet committee appointed last week to resolve the ongoing countrywide teachers', lecturers' and doctors' strikes today failed to make any ... ( Resource: Kenya's Cabinet Committee Fails to End Strikes )

Secondary schools in some parts of the North Rift have been closed down as the teachers' strike continues.

The Chepkoilel University College in Eldoret has also been closed as lecturers continue with their strike. Kapsabet girls' and boys' schools are among the schools that have sent their students home until the strike ends.

Headteachers said they had been forced to shut down the schools because they are unable to handle boarding students without teachers. Sammy Borr, a Knut in Eldoret, said the resolve by teachers to remain on strike is unshakable. He said the government must quickly deal with the dispute with teachers to end the crisis in the education sector.

Chepkoilel college principal Elijah Biama said the institution has been shut down indefinitely because of the ongoing strike by lecturers. "We decided to close down the college for security reasons because the students had threatened to protest over the ongoing strike by lecturers," he said yesterday.

In Kericho, boarding public secondary schools sent students home indefinitely,save for those in Form Four who are learning on their own. Litein High School in Bureti district was the first to do so.

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