Kenya pupils re­turn af­ter teach­ers’ strike sus­pended

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Mil­lions of Kenyan pupils have re­turned to school af­ter teach­ers sus­pended their five-week strike over pay.

The unions say they are com­ply­ing with a court de­ci­sion, which gave the two sides 90 days to re­solve the dis­pute.

The row is over a court-or­dered pay rise of at least 50%, which the gov­ern­ment is chal­leng­ing, say­ing it is un­af­ford­able.

The strike had led to the gov­ern­ment clos­ing all public schools.

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The mil­lion pupils who are set to sit public ex­ams this month had been al­lowed to go to school, but no other teach­ing was go­ing on.

Pri­vate schools were also told to shut but they chal­lenged the or­der and were al­lowed to con­tinue teach­ing. Hong Kong’s for­mer leader Don­ald Tsang has ap­peared in court, charged with mis­con­duct in public of­fice.

The al­le­ga­tions, which sur­faced af­ter he ended his term in 2012, re­late to a bar­gain rental deal for a lux­ury flat and dis­clo­sure of per­sonal in­ter­ests.

He has since been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Hong Kong’s anti-cor­rup­tion body.

Mr Tsang was re­leased on bail with a 100,000 Hong Kong dol­lar bond ($13,000; £8,500), af­ter a short court ap­pear­ance on Mon­day.

The BBC’s Ju­liana Liu in Hong Kong says he looked tense dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings. He is due to reap­pear in court on 13 Novem­ber.

Mr Tsang is the high­es­trank­ing of­fi­cial to face a cor­rup­tion trial in Hong Kong, but in a state­ment re­leased to the media he said: “I have ev­ery con­fi­dence that the court will ex­on­er­ate me af­ter its pro­ceed­ings.”

Pupils had been lead­ing re­vi­sion classes in some schools

Mr Tsang is nick­named ‘Bow Tie’ for his neck­wear pref­er­ence

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