News / Africa

Kenya Teachers Call On President, PM to Resolve Stalemate

General view of an empty classroom at St Mary Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 6, 2011, because of a teachers' national strike.  General view of an empty classroom at St Mary Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 6, 2011, because of a teachers' national strike.
x
General view of an empty classroom at St Mary Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 6, 2011, because of a teachers' national strike.
General view of an empty classroom at St Mary Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 6, 2011, because of a teachers' national strike.
Peter Clottey
The secretary general of the Kenyan Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has called on both President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Rail Odinga to help meet demands by striking teachers.

Akello Misori said the government has yet to show any commitment to resolve the stalemate over teachers’ demand for better working conditions.

His comments came after Finance Minister Robinson Githae said it will cost an extra 400 billion shillings for the government to meet the teachers’ pay raise demand.

Githae said the teachers’ demands are unrealistic, adding that agreeing to them could undermine the country’s economy.

“I don’t want to enter into a popularity contest, but I want to do what is right for the country,” Githae said. “If there is nothing in the budget there is nothing we can do. For the sake of the county, I’m prepared to be sacrificed, to be condemned and to accept abuses hurled at me.”
 
President Kibaki has called for a speedy resolution to the stalemate between the government and the striking teachers.

Some Kenyans have called on the teachers to return to the classrooms while negotiations continue. But Misori counters that the government is to blame for the strike.

"The government has not shown commitment in handling the teachers issue,” he said. “But you can also see that every public servant is on the street on a strike. It is an illustration that this coalition government does not show any commitment to public service employees.”

Misori said the government should speed up negotiations so the teachers can return to work. The teachers went on strike September 3 demanding better working conditions.

“The best to be done is to show commitment that they are ready to pay harmonized pay and show how structured negotiations can begin from now henceforth. There is no other alternative,” said Misori.

Some Kenyans have said they worry the government has been slow to deal with the labor dispute.

But, Misori said two ministers in the administration have made contradictory statements about finding solutions to the teachers strike.

"The minister for education is announcing that they are ready to pay [teachers], yet the minister for finance is saying there is no money to pay. How can two ministers of government have different positions, yet they are members of the same Cabinet sub-committee resolving this crisis? Misori asked.

"It means that there is no coordination in the government and therefore the two principals - the president and the prime minister - have not come out to address the issue," he added. "It is an illustration that the government wants the students of Kenya not to do exams.”

Clottey interview with Akello Misori,KUPPET Secretary general
Clottey interview with Akello Misori,KUPPET Secretary generali
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Photogallery US Storm Falls Short of Severe Predictions, Yet Affects Millions

NYC mayor says, 'This is nothing like we feared it would be,' yet blizzard warnings, travel bans remain for several East Coast states More

Millions of Displaced Nigerians Struggle With Daily Existence

Government acknowledges over a million people displaced in 2014 due to fight against Boko Haram insurgency More

Facebook: Internal Error to Blame for Outages

Temporary outage appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Shem from: Nairobi
September 21, 2012 2:36 AM
The stalemate in the teachers strike is because the leadership of our country does not have feelings for the Kenyan child whose parents are poor. Most of our Ministers and other politicians have taken their children to private institutions and can also afford to hire teachers for extra tuition. why would they care about a child who is in a public school when their children and grand children are learning?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visiti
X
Aru Pande
January 26, 2015 9:33 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed Russia for an attack by Ukrainian separatists that left dozens dead in the port of Mariupol and cast further doubt on the viability of last year’s cease-fire with the Kyiv government. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
Video

Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

Reports say the U.S. has carried out a drone strike on suspected militants in Yemen, the first after President Barack Obama offered reassurances the U.S. is continuing its counterterrorism operations in the country. The future of those operations has been in question following the collapse last week of Yemen’s government. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Saudi, Yemen Developments Are Sudden Complications for Obama

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the collapse of Yemen’s government have cast further uncertainty on U.S. efforts to fight militants in the Middle East and also contain Iran’s influence in the region. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports on the new complications facing the Obama administration and its Middle East policy.
Video

Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid