Kenya has closed all public schools

In response to a three week teachers’ strike, the government of Kenya has closed all public schools.

Against the government’s wishes, a Kenyan court ordered that teachers receive a pay rise of at least fifty percent but President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that they are paid appropriately,  adding that raising their salaries would place damaging pressure on government finances.

Teachers said the the government has failed to pay them on a deal that was struck in 1997 while the government argues that they have settled the deal and teachers have been “paid in full”.

The government said that the schools have been closed in order to protect children, schools and property as teachers have not worked since the beginning of the month.

Local teachers say that they are concerned for the well over one million students who will sit public exams next month that have been allowed to attend school unsupervised.

Image credit: AFP

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