Teachers in IDP camps paralyse
March 8, 2008
By Standard Team
Operations in schools for the displaced in Eldoret have been
Learning for the more than 2,500 displaced pupils camping at the
Eldoret showground were suspended after the 117 teachers
demonstrated. The volunteer teachers, waving twigs and placards,
held a peaceful demonstration within the showground to protest at
the delay in salary payment.
"We were promised payment by Unicef, the Government and other
agencies but since we started teaching, we have not received any
payment," said Mr David Karanja, a teacher.
The teachers vowed not to resume classes until they are paid.
The Kenya Red Cross team leader, Mr Mohammed Khalif, at the camp
said it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and
Eldoret Municipality to pay the teachers.
"Our responsibility is to provide humanitarian assistance to the
displaced persons, but my appeal is that the issue be addressed as
a matter of urgency to facilitate resumption of learning," said
Teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission also stopped
offering services because of the large numbers of pupils.
The District Education Officer, Mr Japheth Odhiambo, said they
were working to resolve the issue.
Separately, more than 2,000 displaced people in Turkana District
are at risk of dying from hunger, Turkana South MP, Mr Josephat
Nanok said the displaced who had had fled from parts of Trans
Nzoia and Eldoret and settled at Kamarlek chief’s camp need help.
He said due to the weather conditions, the displaced people risked
dying of hunger unless urgent measures were taken.
He said the relief rations allocated to the camp was not adequate.
Meanwhile, more post-election violence victims continued to flee
Naivasha and Nakuru even after President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr
Raila Odinga, signed a peace and power sharing accord.
About 300 displaced persons arrived in Kisumu from Naivaisha. The
victims, who arrived aboard a vehicle donated by the International
Organisation for Migration, said they still feared for their lives
as they continued to be threatened.
Speaking to The Saturday Standard at St Stephen’s Cathedral camp
in Kisumu, the displaced said they still felt insecure in Naivasha.