Kenyan Lecturers' Strike Is The New Normal

Universities Academic Staff Union Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga, and other union leaders, addresses journalists at the College of Health Sciences, Nairobi, on March 1, 2018, regarding the lecturers' strike. PHOTO | NMG
This article is written from the point of view of a layman.
The lecturers in Kenyan universities go on strike every year and thousands of students miss classes when the dons do not show up on campus.
Each time the complaint is the same.
The lecturers go on strike protesting failure by the government to honour remuneration agreements. They always argue that despite attending several meetings, the government keeps asking for more time forcing them to go to the streets.
While the first part of the strike usually involves a go slow and not showing up for classes, the second involves roadside protests.
The negotiations for the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) were set for December 18, 2017, to February 2018.
We are in March.
Why does this keep happening every year?
How do the lecturers go back to work on the basis of a promise and not tangible agreement?
Why does the government not want to pay lecturers?
Who suffers in the long run? Is it the students who miss exams and postpone graduations?
Should students join in with lecturers for the strike?
The fact that this problem surfaces every now and then means no permanent solution is ever reached. It means that simple stop-gap measures are usually set to cool the situation. However, it ends up being a cat and mouse game.
You and I can be sure that after this current strike is sorted, and the dons go back to work, next year we will remember this post.
Someone must take responsibility.

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