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'Governmnet is humiliating teachers'

25 June 2013, 15:06 Wangui Joseph

Learning was on Tuesday disrupted in public primary schools within Nyeri County after teachers boycotted classes and went to the County head office to officially launch their strike.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) branch Executive Secretary Mutahi Kahiga said the government is humiliating them and has lost its credibility.

Mutahi said teachers will not go back to work until they are paid KES 25 billion for allowances, vowing not to accept the standard payment but a full implementation of the salary deal.

Addressing more than 300 teachers who had converged outside KNUT offices in Nyeri Town, Mutahi said Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Education Ministry are their main enemies.

“We want nothing less than KES 25 billion for allowances since teachers have been living miserable lives yet they are perceived to be role models to pupils. The education Minister Prof. Kaimenyi should go back to lecture in Universities and leave that docket,” said Mutahi, claiming that the Minister does not understand teachers’ issues.

He stated that teaching professionals thought things would change with Kenyatta’s government, but they are surprised it is business as usual. 

He however dismissed government’s project of buying pupils laptops saying they will paralyze it until their demands are addressed first.

He added that it is ridiculous to offer laptops while there is shortage of classrooms and teachers saying some factors were not considered when the President and his deputy arrived at the decision.

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