Kenya schools shut over teachers' pay dispute

NAIROBI - Public schools in Kenya have been shut by the government in response to the three-week teachers' strike.

A Kenyan court has ordered a pay rise of at least 50%, but the government is challenging this.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said that teachers are well paid already and a salary increase would damage government finances.

Teachers argue that a pay deal struck in 1997 has only been partially fulfilled.

But President Kenyatta disputed this, insisting that "the award has been settled in full".

Schools have now been closed since the beginning of the month and teachers insist that the government should abide by the court's decision.

Private schools have also been told to shut but some have defied the order, reports the BBC's Odhiambo Joseph in Nairobi.

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