By Standard team
Abandoned candidates preparing for end of year examinations in public primary and secondary schools in Mombasa County sent pleas to teachers and the Government to end the stalemate over pay increment.
“We wish that teachers could agree on what the Government is offering and return to school to continue teaching,’’ Emilly Achieng, 20, and a Form Four candidate at Changamwe Secondary School, said.
Her counterpart Priscillah Atieno said it was wrong for the Government to fail to abide by an earlier agreement on salary hike for teachers.
At the Changamwe Secondary School, we encountered Form Four candidates in class alone.
“We have opted to try and catch up on revision. Group studies are quite helpful and we report to school early in the morning,” Stanley Mandela, a Fourth Former said.
For Fatma Amin, another Form Four candidate at the same school, the teachers’ strike could not have come at a more crucial time.
“We are yet to carry out any meaningful revision as we lack enough papers,” Amin said.
In Central Kenya, a spot check by The Standard showed some candidates learning unattended in schools.
In some schools in Murang’a, only candidates were in class revising in groups.
At Vidhu Ramji and Mjini primary schools, most candidates were in school preparing for the examinations, while their other colleagues could be spotted loitering in market centres.