Breaking: Government closes all public, private schools
18 September 2015, 13:54
Nairobi - The government has with immediate effect closed all public and private schools due to the ongoing teachers strike.
In a communique Friday afternoon, Education Principal Secretary Leah Rotich stated that the move was necessary to ensure that the safety of children in schools as well as that of teachers who continued to teach was guaranteed.
The PS said that there had been reports that there were planned attacks next week and felt it was good to just send them home.
" The move has been arrived at after serious consultation and the revision of the term dates for primary and secondary schools has
been necessitated by the fact that very little to no teaching and
learning has been going on in most of these institutions in the last
weeks with an exception of examination classes," the communique said.
Teachers are on strike due to the fact they have not been paid by the government despite being awarded a 50/60% pay increase by the Labour Court.
The government however insists that the national examinations that are set to kick off in October will go on as usual.
" The Ministry wishes to thank those teachers who continue to assist in
preparing the 2015 candidates for examinations. It is expected that TSC
teachers who are in school and BOM teachers, will continue to teach and
prepare KCPE and KCSE candidates. Those already engaged in KNEC
examination management will also be expected to perform their duties as
per the KNEC Act 2012," she added.
For purposes of examinations, only class 1-7 pupils and form 1-3 students will be sent home with the candidates remaining in school.
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