Learning in all public universities was paralyzed from Wednesday due to a lecturers’ strike that commenced across all Kenyan universities.
The job boycott is the third one to happen this year in an academic year that has also been disrupted by two presidential elections and several student riots across the country.
Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga asked all lecturers at the 31 public universities not to turn up for duty until the government addresses their demands.
“There is no turning back unless the government implements the new rates for both basic salary and house allowance. It is time to strike, strike and strike,” Dr. Wasonga said.
According to Dr. Wasonga, the only language “this government understands is strike”.
“I, therefore, urge all chapter secretaries and union leaders from all UASU chapters to rally their members behind the strike and ensure it is launched in all chapters so that we can redeem the worth of dons,” he said on Wednesday morning during the launch of the strike at the University of Nairobi grounds following the expiry of a 21-day notice that was issued in October.
On Wednesday, students were treated to lecturer-less lecture halls all day just a day after some of the universities resumed their activities that had been suspended due to the October 26th election.
Many students from the University of Nairobi, Egerton University and Maseno university complained about the way the government was taking education matters casually.
As the strike enters day two, the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi is still tightlipped with regards to the next step the government is looking to take to bring an end to the strike.
If the strike persists, university managements may be forced to send students home for the Christmas holidays before any serious learning commences.
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