Publishers call for lasting solution to teachers' strike
22 September 2015, 09:13
Nairobi - Kenya Publishers Association (KPA) has said the stalemate between teachers and the government should end in order to give learners their basic right to schooling.
They said the matter should be treated as 'urgent' and lasting solutions put in place to end the strike which is in its fourth week.
"The closure of schools indefinitely has consequences on the economy and the social fabric. Education is a critical sector of our economy and its disruption is already having severe ramifications on other sectors," KPA chairman, David Waweru said.
The association said by closing the schools, the government made far reaching decisions that is affecting even the private sector.
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KPA officials were speaking during the launch of 18th Nairobi international book fair to be held between September 23 and September 27 at Sarit Centre under the theme of 'Twende Digital'.
"The digital revolution presents many opportunities to both readers and publishers. With digital distribution of content, books by Kenyan publishers can be bought anywhere in the world thus expanding customer base," said treasurer John Mwazemba.
He however said digital copies will co-exist with printed books.
The association, through a member, Prof. Kithaka wa Mberia said piracy is still a major problem to the growth of the sector adding that they are considering blacklisting all booksellers who stocks pirated books as a way of fighting the vice.
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