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Teachers send pupils back home as strike bites

08 January 2015, 11:29 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Teachers in Nyeri County stayed away from work for the fourth day Thursday because of pay dispute with their employer.

The strike persisted despite the Kenya National Association of Parents obtaining a court order last week that outlawed the strike.

Primary school pupils who had reported to their respective schools were asked to go back home as teachers kept off the institutions while some students in Secondary schools kept themselves busy with personal studies.

Headteachers confided that the teachers union, KNUT, had asked them to send pupils back home because of security.

In Nyeri town, pupils from schools such Nyamachaki, Temple Road, Githwariga and DEB Muslim primary schools were spotted leaving school on Wednesday morning.

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Only class eight pupils chose to remain in school to do their revisions unsupervised.

However, KNUT branch secretary, Mutahi Kahiga maintained that teachers will not resume duties until the government addresses the salary increase which is among their demands.

“Government is playing out with figures and affecting education of poor men’s children who cannot afford to be in private schools. The teachers’ issues should be addressed critically and with a lot of compassion,” said Mutahi.

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