Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged the striking teachers and lecturers to be sensitive to the country’s economic status in their demands for pay hike. Breaking his long week silence, the President pleaded with the teachers and lecturers to resume duty, saying the government is committed to dialogue.
|Kenyan President Mwa Kibaki|
“Let us be reasonable in our demands and always give dialogue a chance in resolving any misunderstanding that may arise,” President Kibaki said while reading out a written speech.
He made the remarks at Moi Primary School in Nakuru, after laying the foundation stone for the proposed Trauma Centre at Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital said. Teachers and university lecturers have been on strike since last week, paralyzing services in the education sector.
All the academic staff in public institutions have remained off the classroom and maintained they will only return to work after their demand have been addressed by the government. A visit to some of the public schools in Kibera was no different as pupils also stayed away from schools and only a few could be seen.
|Children cleaning at Olympic Primary School in Kibera|
|Students learning on their own|