The Kenyan government has ordered all public and private schools to be shut down by Monday following the ongoing teachers’ strike in the country. Only final year candidates have been directed to stay on, in school.
The directive was given through a circular by Kenya’s Ministry of Education.
At least 1.4 million candidates will be sitting for their national examinations this year. According to Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) final year students the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations will begin on November 10 and end on November 12. The Candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will start from October 12.
Teachers’ strike is based on the promised salary increase of 50 – 60 per cent given to them by the Employment and Labour Relations Court in June and upheld by the Court of Appeal in July.