University professors on strike!

I woke up this morning to learn that all public university professors and non-teaching staff, including those at Kenyatta University, have gone on strike. The professors join the ranks of primary and secondary teachers, doctors, pharmacists, and dentists who are all striking for higher pay from the national government.

The public school primary and secondary teachers have been on strike since Monday, the first day of classes for this term. The teachers are all paid by the national government and haven’t received the raises that they were promised fifteen years ago. Teachers at private schools (such as the one our kids attend) are not on strike. University professors also have a pay dispute with the national government, but it stems from a 2009 agreement that, allegedly, has not been implemented. The country’s entire public education system, from pre-K to Ph.D., is suspended.

Classes at Kenyatta are scheduled to start on Monday, but it is looking like that is not going to happen. Last year the professors went on strike for one week. We’ll see how long this one lasts. If I am not teaching for a while I will have plenty of time to work on my research projects.

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2012/09/now-university-dons-staff-go-on-strike/

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