Knut reacts angrily to Uhuru’s statement
Kenya National Union of Teachers has rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s justifications for denying teachers a pay increment and warned that the nationwide strike will go on until they are paid.
The unions claimed the President had been deliberately misled by his advisers about key facts of the pay dispute, and vowed that they will not heed his appeal to return to work. Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion claimed the President had been misinformed by Treasury, Education Ministry, TSC and SRC and that this was evident going by the factual errors contained in his televised speech.
Parents want third term school fees refunded
Parents have given the government a one-week ultimatum to reimburse school fees paid for third term. Kenya National Parents Association threatened to take legal action next week if the money is not returned to parents.
“The government should issue a circular immediately so that the money is refunded in full, because after the seven-day grace period we shall be moving to court,” KNPA secretary general Musau Ndunda told a press briefing in Nairobi. The Industrial and Labour Relations Court last month ordered the Teachers Service Commission to give the teachers a pay increase of between 50 and 60 per cent spread over four years.
High Court suspends private schools closure
The High Court has temporarily suspended order by the government to close down private schools. High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi gave the orders shielding children in private primary and secondary schools from disruptions for at least three days.
“Having looked at the application and the affidavit of the applicant, I am satisfied that it is in the interest of justice that I grant temporary orders staying the circular dated September 15, 2015,” justice Ngugi ruled.
The government opted to close down all schools starting September 21 following countrywide teachers work boycott.
Experts worry about effects of strike on pupils
The 2015 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates are being subjected to psychological torture after teachers abandoned them weeks to the national examinations.
This is according to education experts who have warned that the current strike will haunt the country should this generation of candidates be subjected to such psychological torture. John Agak, an educational psychologist at Maseno University, says the candidates have been subjected to a rough end in their primary and secondary schooling, which may have long term effects on their future careers. Elimu Yetu Coalition’s national co-ordinator Janet Muthoni-Ouko said candidates are being subjected to unnecessary pain.
Nyeri private schools defy Kaimenyi’s directive
Private schools in Nyeri have vowed to defy a directive by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to close down.
Private school proprietors observed that the directive applied double standards in learning institutions and extended marginalisation to learners in private institutions.
“When public universities close down, private universities do not close down,” said Ngunjiri Wanjohi of Nyeri Kenya Private Schools Association. He said the directive issued by Prof Kaimenyi last Friday had raised alarm, adding that the government should hence provide security to private learning institutions to ensure that learning goes on uninterrupted.