There’s a picture that’s been circulating of the teacher’s strike that’s nothing short of amusing.
This man can neither spell nor add yet wants to be paid to teach our children to be similarly inept. Would you believe that this is not the dumbest thing about this whole strike? Not nearly. The dumbest thing is the entire notion of the strike.
To be clear, I don’t think what’s happening is right. Uhuru Kenyatta should really not have given teachers money to the army. It’s downright foul.
That said, for teachers to think they can get it back is somewhat stupid. Even if it were approved, 5 billion shillings would not manifest in a week; 28,000 new teachers would not be found in a month or quarter. These are effects that would be felt in early 2012 at best. Yet now that the funds were misappropriated, they want these changes to happen in a week. How now, brown cow?
Dumber still, is that they are doing this strike to somehow inflict some kind of damage on the government. My question is…why would the government care? Let’s ignore the fact that the current President has no interest in coming back next year. Let’s also ignore the fact that the whole governmental structure is changing under the Constitution so half these clowns are too busy stealing their last bucks to give anyone what’s due. Heck, let’s ignore the glaring financial crisis that means that our entire country is pretty much broke and that a shilling worth the same as a cow’s fart. Why would the government care that the teachers are refusing to teach students? If I was an asshole, I mean a politician, I would be happy as balls. I’d use this as an excuse not to pay the existing quarter of a million teachers their monthly dues and save money while seeing how they survive without it when they were struggling with it.
In all seriousness, our government literally reached down the throats of the famine stricken and stole money for their relief/food. Why would they be bothered by teachers who actually have food, and kids who already had teachers? Private schools are still in order and those are the people who foot this country’s bills so thanks but no thanks.
And then there’s this whole issue of asking for too much. Look, if you want more teachers, it makes sense to demand it in this fashion. If you want more money, I can see how you’d want the guarantee immediately. But to say you want 28,000 new teachers, higher salaries for existing teachers, all contract teachers to now be full-time with pension and all this to be done in a week? That’s just planning to fail. Our government couldn’t execute that quickly. They’re not nearly that selfless. And even if they were, they aren’t that effective. And even if that were the case, they’ve already squandered the money. And even if they hadn’t, you wouldn’t get it in one week.
So what are you really asking for? What do you honestly expect?
I’m going to take a shot in the dark and bet 50 stones that the government will promise pay hikes and hiring of new teachers and we’ll be right back at it again next year. In the meantime, all you will have done is set yet another generation of students up for failure; repeating a cycle that peaks at a teacher holding a placard that’s misspelled.
My advice, go back to schools, negotiate better. This will almost certainly not work.
PS: David Okuta is probably not the guy you want to have as your spokesperson when you’re feigning poverty and hunger. That man looks like he eats deep fried money and drinks liquid gold for every meal. If he keeps this up, he might reach critical mass, collapse into himself and swallow up whatever teacher is standing near him.