Kenyan Teachers threaten Strike over Funding
Teachers campaigning for permanent teaching Posts in Kenya last Year Teachers in Kenya are threatening strike action if government funds are not disbursed to schools The government has released only 9% of the money owed to secondary schools and less than 80% of that owed to primaries. As a result teachers have not been paid since April and many headteachers are having to borrow money for learning materials like exercise books and textboooks so that teaching can go ahead. Wilson Sossion, chair of the Kenya Natoinal Union of Teachers (KNUT) said: “The tuition material is fully paid by the government, it is charged against this money. So how do you expect teachers to deliver quality learning without these resources? And the suppliers are withdrawing. Nobody can supply materials or can supply resources for a long period of time when payment is very uncertain.” Only last year the KNUT won a historic victory against the employment of teachers on temporary contracts - a policy promoted by the World Bank to save money and deprofessionalise teachers. Ironically the World Bank also produced a report which put some blame on African teachers for the lack of learning materials in schools. The only evidence this website has found of any effect of teachers on the amount of learning materials in schools in Africa is that they have to buy them themselves because there is too often no money forthcoming from governments. KNUT have warned the government that if the funding is not received by this weekend all the schools will be closed.