Learning today has been paralyzed in the University of Embu as lecturers go on strike over the delayed implementation of pay rise agreement. lecturers matched along the ever busy Embu-Meru highway carrying posters requesting for their pay increase. This strike comes 2 days after students resumed learning after the election break.
Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga yesterday asked all lecturers in 31 public universities not to turn up for work until the government addresses their demands. Embu University being one of the public universities, lecturers have not turned up for classes but instead opted for peaceful demonstrations. This is the third time lecturers are striking this academic year, and it comes at a time when the semester is nearing the end as the final exams are scheduled on 28th November.
Many are praying that the strike won’t affect the normal timetable of the university as it will be a big blow to the students if the strikes go on for several weeks as this will force the semester to be called off until next year. The government must solve the issue with the lecturers before its too late. Not forgetting that some nurses are still on strike and it has been more than 100 days since they officially started their strike.