Private schools protest closure over teachers strike
18 September 2015, 15:31
Nairobi - Private schools are considering going to court to protest closure by the Education Ministry over the ongoing teachers strike.
The protestations came just a few hours after the ministry announced that all schools, Private and Public will be closed from Monday until the teachers strike ends.
But in a quick rejoinder, a number of Kenya Private Schools Parents Associations stated that they would seek legal redress over the matter in the case the government insisted on the closure.
" The move is bizarre and cannot be entertained. We will seek legal advice over this issue," a number of Private school heads told News24 in confidence.
The move by the government came in the wake of the ongoing three week teachers strike over lack of improved pay.
The government says that the move to close all schools is simply because it wants to ensure that private schools are not attacked by striking teachers.
" 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.
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.
The strike will continue unabated until an appeal by government next week is heard where they are seeking to have the strike declared illegal because of the lack of a prior strike notice by teachers unions as is required by law.
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