News 2008


Teachers in IDP camps paralyse learning

March 8, 2008


By Standard Team

Operations in schools for the displaced in Eldoret have been paralysed.

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 Khalif.

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, warned.

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.