Kenyan teachers urged to end strike11 September 2012
The Catholic Church in Kenya has appealed to teachers to return to work after a strike over pay paralysed learning in schools countrywide.
More than 260,000 primary and secondary school teachers went on strike on 3 September demanding the Government implement a 300 per cent pay rise they say was agreed five years ago but never fully implemented. The Government claims it completed the increase in 2011. University lecturers have joined the strike, and doctors were set to strike on Thursday.
Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Nakuru, the Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education, said the teachers' demands merited attention, but urged them to consider the interests of the children and called on the Government to initiate dialogue with the teachers' unions.
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