KENYA… The stalemate of teachers not getting their proposed pay hike dates back to 1997 when they took part in a nationwide strike that saw them paralyze learning in all public schools and even interrupted secondary schools mock examinations. That was during President Moi’s regime and still teachers went back to class without exactly getting what they had hoped for. So the truth of the matter is no preceding regimes have been serious in honoring the wishes of our respected teachers.
But just a few days ago, I heard in the news a politician allied to the opposition promising to pay the teachers their pay ninety days after the coalition comes into power. He went ahead that the teachers should vote in the opposition during the next general election come 2017. We all know that when the deal is too good, think twice but I think at times our yearning for greener pastures makes us to have reservations for some good deals at hand. Imagining teachers have been getting a raw deal for such a long time and all of a sudden there are some hopes at the end of the tunnel so may be someone will after all put this into consideration.
I have heard a number of people claiming that teachers form a core in the education sector since everyone including the president has passed through a teacher to be where they are. So we all know teachers are entitled to better pay for a job well done.
I remember during the last year’s teachers strike, the opposition declared to continue showing solidarity for the teachers. So after the politician’s sentiments, the opposition better be serious about the teachers pay and let’s hope they are not only eyeing a win in the 2017 elections. But whatever the case, no one wants to see a recycle of very sweet deals for only being elected to the high office.