Kenyan Teachers' Strike likely
KNUT Members campaigning last Year
Kenyan teachers are gearing up for a strike in their ongoing struggle for decent education funding
The Kenyan government has once again failed to honour an agreement made with teachers' unions in 1997 to pay them properly. While the government has made some money available to pay an increase to other civil servants, teachers still remain on salaries which make it difficult to make ends meet. At present a primary teacher earns only $160 a month.
The Kenyan National Union of Teachers won an important victory last year in its determined fight to see contract teachers made permanent. Now it is having to fight to make sure its members are paid properly - an issue which is almost completely missing from World Bank and NGO discourses about the achievement of universal primary education.
As well as KNUT the Kenyan Union of Post Primary Teachers is also planning to take strike action.