This opinion piece may generate venom, bile and acid. Luckily, I am not near you, it’s an opinion meant not to discredit or belittle action of individuals or organisations involved. It’s a right cause but to whose good? Purely harming the labourers of the country. The sufferers are you and me not them. The sufferers are our pupils, patients; services industry. For long, strikes have been used in Kenya as a way of expression, of course, the roots of strikes have dated back to years ago. Sometimes, such are met with riots and deaths. Not in this case of teachers or doctors or nurses’ strikes dogging the country recently.
Students in private primary schools have already reopened school, the syllabus knows not that the teachers are on ‘leave’. The National Examinations Body, K.N.E.C, doesn’t realise the situation at hand, or they do and say, ”it’s the beginning of the year and students won’t be so harmed”. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Those in private academies have completed their syllabuses ages ago, last year when they were in class seven. Now they are tackling class eight with a keen eye to details: revising and counter revising for the years’ examinations. Who suffers? Our kids, of course. Those from third world schools. Those who are in the house teaching themselves struggling to catch up with the others. Striving to drive their academic wheels, who is to aid them? Their own selves. Who pities them? No one but their parents. Then, we decry the poor performance of public primaries? Who begun the long game and battle of spoiling them?
You who politicises everything. You who does things without careful planning. You, who waits until the last minute for pupils of the poor of the poorest to suffer. You care not for them, but yourselves. You don’t give a damn whether their pupils suffer or not. After all, where are your kids? Either being home-schooled by the best tutors or going to top academies in the World or Kenya. You don’t mind whether teachers go to school or not. And when they go, if their productivity is above par or below par. Your entire focus is on the money not minding those who are in the teaching career soiling it with below par results. You are just doing this to be seen, heard, at the expense of that pupil. Yours is not for them, it’s yours!
Why then don’t you visit or take a tour to these schools you claim to fight for teachers rights? To know their performances or if you are too busy, send delegations from your inner circles to find out. You will say there is the Ministry of Education. I know there is, but you should take an impromptu tour. Find out. You will realise you are fighting for the wrong cause. Some teachers deserve what they get. Insulting pupils and choosing the best ones. Classrooms are too small to accommodate the number of pupils they teach and forty minutes later mark their books. Plan lessons and abide by the course outlines. They, too, become tired of the facilities they have, no wonder they give up. They let those who want to go, go; those who want to perform, are the ones we hear on national television as the best. Outshining those from private schools.
Woe unto those parents who cannot afford to pay a little token of appreciation to the teachers for their children to have extra tuition. Woe unto them because half of the school year, they teach them. They are their teachers. Sometimes, they are the ones who suffer in the hands of these rogue teachers you are calling a strike for. Be wary what you are doing. Who doesn’t want to have a good life anyway? You ask. No one, of course. But the good life, let it come from the good that can be seen, felt, heard and smelt and touched. Let this good have morals. Let it be done with a keen eye on that parents’ child who lives in the poorest part of Kenya. Who has to struggle to pay for so much despite the public primaries being branded, FREE.
The labourer of the day suffers, the means of production enjoys all the wealth the labourer has created. The children of parents who cannot afford to go to private academies are sufferers. Waiting for rules to be made for them however unpleasant. It looks so disturbing because, no matter what, we can never achieve vision 2030 which we much wanted. Too much inequality is going on, the gap between the poor and the rich being a high time highest. And the leaders we choose thinking will fight for the good of the pupil of Kenya is leading in promotion of a disheartening gap. It’s so saddening. These strikes meant to promote equality and salary harmony happen at the expense of the poorest of the poor. Their aim is to serve the haves. As usual the have nots have to really and bitterly struggle to get there, if they can.
I don’t believe or think a strike benefits a pupil in any way. Rather it’s detrimental to their development. It’s better we just remove the label that is FREE to those primary schools. Because even in them, those who can afford their teachers to get ‘bestest’ extra tuition, pay, they are being taught as we speak. In the safe haven away from cameras and looming strikes. They are there laughing at those parents and cursing them for not paying them. Rudely remarking how those children from poor backgrounds will ‘suffer’. It’s no wonder that among these poorest belief, ” education is in fact nonsense in Kenya”. Education is of no means to the poorest. We loom in illiteracy due to this inequality!
STOP THE STRIKE AND GET TO WORK, TEACHERS. OUR KIDS SUFFER. YOU HAVE TO EAT, WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS WHO ARE HUNGRY ACADEMICALLY?
I don’t know you but I don’t support any strike whatsoever, especially if it harms kids.
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