Mr Githae has blatantly said the only way salaries sought would be met by Treasury was through raising income tax to 60 per cent and suspending multi-billion-shilling Government projects.
Githae’s counterpart at the Education docket, Mutula Kilonzo echoed the arrogant dismissal of teachers’ demands, as “the nonsense he would not entertain”.
The Teachers Service Commission aggravated the confrontation by decreeing striking teachers would not be paid their September salaries. Meaning no money will go into their accounts next week.
Against this backdrop, there is no denying that the Government has handled the matter poorly and failed to give direction and end the suffering of hapless pupils, students, and parents.
This is a sad scenario for a country that aims to boost education standards among its citizens.
Concerned that the situation was now getting out of hand, top Church leaders have condemned the Government over what they termed as lapses in management of national affairs. They called on the Government to end the strikes in the education and health sectors.
The Government must heed this call from the clergy. It should drop its arrogant stand to allow dialogue as the best way to end the stalemate.
Equally, parents remain anxious as their children stay home, while those in private schools continue with their studies yet they are all expected to sit the same exams.
We hope the Government is listening, which is the only way of finding a solution.