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Kenya’s National Union of Teachers Starts Nationwide Strike

September 06, 2011

(Updates with comment by Okuta in second paragraph.)

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya’s National Union of Teachers began a nationwide strike today, demanding that the government hire another 28,000 teachers to ease the workload in public schools, said David Okuta, the organization’s secretary general.

“The union, having failed to persuade the government to employ more teachers, has called a nationwide strike for all teachers which will continue until the government meets the demand,” Okuta told a news conference in the capital, Nairobi. The union has 235,000 members in primary and secondary schools.

Union officials failed to resolve the dispute during talks yesterday with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, he said.

“The government position is that it needs a week to secure funding for the employment of more teachers, a position that still stands,” Dennis Onyango, the prime minister’s spokesman, said by telephone today.

--Editors: Jennifer M. Freedman, James Hertling

To contact the reporter on this story: Johnstone Ole Turana in Nairobi at jturana@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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