Nyeri teachers support national wide strike
27 August 2012, 11:13
OVER 6,000 teachers from Nyeri County have vowed to back the September 3rd national wide strike.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Nyeri County branch said they
will join others in the ‘mother of all strike’ during the opening of
Speaking at a press conference, the
KNUT chairman Patrick Karinga advised parents not to send their
children back to school as there will be no learning.
He called upon all teachers in the county not to open the school on 3rd September.
are calling upon our teachers to get ready for this mother of all
strike, let them not listen to any threat or intimidation from an
quarter for it is their constitutional right to be well remunerated like
other Kenyans,” said the chairman.
Executive Secretary Mutahi Kahiga who is in Israel said he is in total
support of the strike and that parents should hold government
accountable for the failure of teachers to teach next term.
teachers of Kenya have been treated worse than slaves or even beasts
of burden. No government worthy its name would fail to honour a legal
agreement that was legalized by a minister of the same government. I am
lobbying the teachers of Israel to be in solidarity with us,” he added.
branch chairman who was accompanied by Treasurer James Kanyugo among
other officials told off the Minister for Finance Njeru Githae for his
arrogance since he is not handling the issue well.
“We remind the minister that teachers are not ready to eat rats as he infamously recommended in the past,” the teachers added.
teachers added that they are perturbed by the manner and casual way
for Education Minster Mutula Kilonzo in the manner he is handling the
“We are reminded of the energy
and effort wasted by the minister in tackling petty issues such as the
mini skirt and tuition which can be handled by the junior officers in
the ministry,” added Karinga.
The teachers have
maintained that the Legal notice 534 of year1997 awarded teachers 50
per cent of their basic salary as house allowance, responsibility
allowance at 50 per cent and for head teachers 40 per cent for both
deputies and Head of Departments.
They were also awarded the increment of salary at 300 per cent.
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