Low turnout of pupils, teachers as schools open
SEE ALSO :CAF: Gor Mahia pray for perfect startIn primary schools such as Maagonga, Rioma, Rikenye, Maroma and Sensi; the few pupils who had reported were seen loitering in school compounds with no teachers to give guidance. An example is Marani Primary School where learners were engaged in cleaning exercise as few teachers who had reported on duty spent better part of the day in their staff room. Marani Primary School Deputy Head teacher Joel Omanga confirmed that the school’s teachers were not participating in the strike. Omanga said that a number of pupils had chosen not to report to school owing to uncertainty over strike. “Our teachers are set and we are ready to teach our pupils, however, as you can see, there are only a handful of them due to strike uncertainty. Maybe, they will come tomorrow when they hear that teachers were present,” he said. Similar situation was noted at Riamokama Primary School where a small percentage of the school’s more than 700 pupils were present in school.
SEE ALSO :G4S guards down tools over payIn his ruling that suspended the planned strike, Justice Byron Ongaya ordered Knut to engage in resume conciliation discussions with its employer, TSC, to resolve dispute that threatened to paralyse the operations of public schools. “All teachers must report to class in line with the academic calendar. Children should not be left unattended since it is their right to be in school” ruled the judge. The judge also refused to reschedule the school opening dates to Monday next week for the purpose of allowing the union to communicate to its members concerning the aborted strike. The strike plan has since been suspended by the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT.