City school ac­cused of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against African work­ers, ha­rass­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Some em­ploy­ees of Gems Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional School in Nairobi have urged the govern­ment to stem “ram­pant racial dis­crim­i­na­tion” at the in­sti­tu­tion. Staff who sought anonymity for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion said for one-and-a-half years, the school has been run in a man­ner that pro­motes dis­crim­i­na­tion against African work­ers. “To start with, some of our col­leagues earn more than Sh2 mil­lion, with house­helps paid for by the school, against our pay of be­low Sh50,000 with no ben­e­fits for the same work,” a worker said. Another said the ad­min­is­tra­tion openly tells them they can­not be on the same pedestal with for­eign work­ers, who left their homes “to come teach us how to teach”. Reached for com­ment, prin­ci­pal Scott Web­ber said mat­ters of pay are pri­vate con­trac­tual terms be­tween an em­ployee and the em­ployer. The work­ers also com­plained of ha­rass­ment and mis­treat­ment by their for­eign col­leagues.

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