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City schools closed as teachers stay away from work

Public primary schools in the capital remained closed as teachers heeded calls by their union to stay away from classes over their pay dispute with their employer.

Moi Avenue Primary,located right at the CBD, remained closed as teachers locked themselves in the staff room.

Some of the pupils who turned up early morning but were turned away.

The teachers declined to comment on the issue but remained inside the office.

Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary general Wilson Sossion tweeted on Monday that he was glad teachers had heeded to the union’s calls for a national strike.

STRIKE IS ON

“Spot check in Nairobi shows teachers, students and parents have heeded to my call. Strike is on,” read a tweet by Mr Sossion, accompanied with photos of closed schools.

A visit to other schools in the county revealed a similar situation with no learning taking place. In some schools, only a few pupils were present but they stayed outside classrooms.

At Kilimani Primary, classrooms remained closed and no teacher was in the school during this first day of the year’s first term.

St Georges Primary had no teachers as well and even the staff room was locked.

By close of business on Sunday, it was unclear whether the teachers’ strike would kick off on Monday morning as the employer said the teachers had not turned up for negotiations while the union leaders stated that no agreement had been reached.