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Are teachers right to strike?

Africa HYS team | 12:18 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

As a new school term begins, teachers in Kenya and Uganda are on strike. 

Teaching in class

 

In Uganda they are demanding a 100 percent salary increment. 

Kenya's National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is calling on the government to employ 28,000 more teachers to cater for a shortfall in teaching staff. The union argues the shortage of teachers in the country is compromising the quality of education.

Teacher strikes are common across the continent. How can the continent address this problem once and for all? Are teachers right to strike or is it just unfair on the children? Are strikes like these effective in your country? Leave a number if you'd like to be on the programme today.

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 6 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    For teachers strike is the last resort. When negotiations for better salaries and other conditions of service fail, teachers should strike. Parents may then pile pressure on government to fulfill teacher's entitlements. Teachers should be 'treated well' not just African politicians who receive 'fat' salaries and other lucrative benefits.

  • Comment number 2.

    MOST OFTEN STRIKES IN AFRICA ARE SEEN AS POWEFUL WEAPON WITH WHICH TO HIT AT GOVERNMENTS OR CORPORATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY IT ALSO BRUTALISES AND VICTIMISES THE SAME PEOPLE IT PURPORTS TO HELP LIKE STUDENTS FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS FOR STUDENTS,PATIENTS FOR NURSES, CITIZENS FOR POLICE OR ARMY

  • Comment number 3.

    Are people right to become teachers? if your answer is yes then, teachers have all rights to strike if they are not treated fairly their authorities.

  • Comment number 4.

    It is such a shame for teachers to strike in any society but, when the governing authority of any society neglects the society foundation builders, then, it is appropriate for the teachers' to strike within a reasonable boundary to demand what is due to them. May God continue to bless our teachers.

  • Comment number 5.

    The one eyed man in the kindom of the blind is King.
    Without education you have nothing.

    If the teachers are on such poor pay that they cant live comfortably then quite rightly so strike! Pay peanuts gets monkeys.
    Maybe then why the education in this counrty is as such that the uneducated riot and take what they need via looting. Work it out.

  • Comment number 6.

    Strikes are unfortunate and yes, school-going children do bear the brunt of this action. But Kenya has seen results when teacher have either threatened to, or gone on strike in the past, with little else pushing the governing authorities to act on their grievances. There seems to be no other way.

  • Comment number 7.

    It's rather unfortunate that teachers all over the world face the same problem - poorworking condition, less pay, and you name the rest.Again, it sounds funy that those who were thought by teachers are the once taking harsh decision and making policies against teachers. Poor!

  • Comment number 8.

    It just sound funy that in today's harsh economy, teachers are the first to lose their jobs world over. Then who are those to teach future leaders to prevent future economic crises.Teachers like any other profession, have their right to strike, and draw attention to a problem(s) in their core.

  • Comment number 9.

    strike in most African countries, especially Cameroon from where i hail are the most confidential methods to request anything from the government. however, with the recruitment of the new special army unit, 'BIR' (Batallion D'intervention Rapide) - that is - the Rapid intervention Unit, no association, what so ever, dares take to the street.

 

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