ODM condemns government closure of schools
18 September 2015, 18:29
Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has condemned the closure of schools by the government, terming the decision scandalous.
The government Friday stated that it had closed schools with immediate effect because it felt that with the ongoing teachers strike there was no need to have students in school doing nothing.
But according to ODM, the move by the government is unfortunate since the issue can be solved once and for all by paying teachers their dues and allowing life to go back to normal.
Teachers were awarded a 50/60% payrise last month which the government have refused to pay, thus the strike and according to ODM, is the main problem which should be solved.
Education Principal Secretary Leah Rotich stated that the move to close schools 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.
ODM statement on schools closure
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is shocked by the government’s
decision to order the closure of all schools due to the ongoing
nationwide teachers’ strike.
This is not the solution to the current
crisis in the education sector in the country. The order by the
government to close all schools is an attempt to intimidate the teachers
who are exercising their democratic right to fair remuneration and the
right to strike and picket.
It is evident that the Jubilee
administration is incapable of solving the crisis in the education
sector and the kneejerk decisions they are making is an affront to the
teaching fraternity and the parents of this country. As a party, we
believe the Jubilee government’s decision is punitive to pupils,
students, parents and the Kenyan taxpayer.
If indeed the government
believes in upholding the rule of law and exercising decency, it would
have been prudent if they adhered to the decision by the Supreme Court
just like they were happy to appropriate the Presidency they did not
deserve following the controversial presidential election of March 2013.
The ODM finds the closure of schools ill-advised and a step
backward in the modern society. Matters as grave as the teachers’ strike
are not the kind to be taken so lightly like Jubilee regime is trying
to do. Teachers play a critical role in shaping the future and success
of a society and they deserve respect from all and sundry including
We demand that the government rescinds the decision
immediately and fulfils the demands by the teachers legally granted to
them. The teachers’ grievances will not be solved through issuance of
threats and intimidation, but by exercising the basic principle of
humility and developing the art of listening which Jubilee government
has failed in.
Meanwhile, Kenyans are reminded that we have a date with struggling teachers and workers next Wednesday 23rd September 2015.
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