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What it means to be a teacher in the developing countries

Teaching profession in Kenya has been suffering from the government negligence for a long time. Thanks to the new Constitution of Kenya that highlights Bill of Rights. Thanks that the sovereignty of the State is with the people of Kenya and teachers can use their constitutional rights to seek justice. Last week the Supreme Court approved the pay increase between 50-60% rejecting the appeal filed by the government. The government has rejected to pay the teachers no matter what. This is a clear violation of the constitutional rights which the government is supposed to defend.
Teachers are threatening nation-wide strike in all public schools. Pupils and parents are bearing the brunt. Since basic education is a human right and Kenya cannot deny its citizens access to education due to hardlines, teachers have another alternative. Instead of seeking industrial action as the means to attain justice after the highest court on the land has made its ruling, it would be in order to seek justice at Arusha Court. Any African citizen who is aggrieved and has exhausted all national remedies can take their case to the African Court of Human and People’s rights based in Arusha.
How sure are we that teachers unions can win their case at the regional court? The prediction is, The African Human and People’s Rights Court should now prove that it can be in a position to try international crimes. This is an acid test for the Court to prove itself before the world that it is capable of hearing and determining complaints brought before it without fear or favour.
Teaching profession in Kenya has been a job of last option. Very few students today would tell you that teaching is an option for them. This is caused by poor remunerations and low standard of living by most of the government employed teachers. Many teachers lack morale and motivation. Teaching is like going on hunger strike yet vision 2030 highlights quality teaching standard. How can a country achieve quality service without appreciating the staff? How comes an MCA earns more than a full univesity Professor in Kenya?
This weblog is ready to bring into wider discussion why governments underestimate the role of teachers? Why Kenyan government is rude towards the basic human rights of the teachers? Why have the constitution that we do not uphold? Why have the judiciary which we have no faith in? What is the need for going to seek remedy in court if the court rulings create no concrete impact? I feel sad for teachers in Kenya and I just say, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
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About Peter Onyango

Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

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