18 September 2012

Kenya: Court Turns Down Appeal to Stop Teachers' Strike

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 )

A judge has directed the government to resolve the crisis in the education sector caused by striking teachers "as urgently as possible".

High Court judge George Odunga said the ongoing strike is infringing on the right of children to education. He did not however issue an order to stop the ongoing strike but warned teachers to stop intimidating their colleagues who do not wish to take part in the strike.

Yesterday's order follows an application by two parents seeking to stop the strike. Valerie Namtilu Wafula and Susan Wangari Muhoro argued that the strike will jeopardise learning in public schools and cause irreparable damage to the standard eight and form Four candidates who are due to sit for their national examinations.

The two said the strike will deny children their right to education and appealed to the court to uphold these right by restraining the teachers from going on strike. Their argument, which was supported by the Teachers' Service Commission, urged the court to give children's right to education priority over teachers' right to fair remuneration.

However Kenya Union of Post Primary Education says children rights do not override the rights of teachers to fair remuneration. Odunga directed the parties to go to full hearing over the matter to canvass the issue on whether to stop the strike or not. Another case on the same issue filed by children is pending before the court. It was filed through Elimu Yetu Coalition Trust, a civil society organisation.

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