TEACHERS STRIKE

September 29, 2015
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TEACHERS STRIKE: School children who are out of school due to teachers strike helping their parents in different ways.

STRIKE: School children who are out of school due to teachers strike helping their parents in different ways. Photo by: Richard Chapia

Take a walk along the streets of Mathare and be sure of seeing a lot of children around, possibly not in school because of the teacher strike that took off as soon as schools opened for the 3rd term. Ever since the strike started most of the children are forced to remain at home, majority of them helping at home in various ways. As for the lazybones who either helping at home or doing anything constructive is a lot to them, movie dens are the ideal place for them to spend the entire day.
Most the children are seen helping out their parents in various family chores and even in small family business in the slum mainly “fast food kiosks”. Here majority of children attend public schools due to the introduction of the free primary education and less go to private schools. Though candidates both from primary and secondary school level have been advised to continue being in school, they have been left to study on their own with no one to coach them and prepare them for the forth coming national examinations that are to start in October for the form fours and November for the standard eight across the country. In schools where teachers are not available, a fellow student is a teacher , trying to as much as he/she can to try and fit in the big shoes that one important person who has left ; the teacher. And now what will happen to the lower classes where in order for one to be promoted to the next class, examination must be conducted to determine how serious a student is with his studies? For sure something has to be done for these innocent children who are just but victim of this tussle between the teachers and the government. For the sake of the future they (CHILDREN) aspire to have, the government should understand that a teacher is a key to that bright future.

written by: Ronald Odhiambo.

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