Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Teachers refuse to work in Kenya's north

04 February 2015, 07:03

Nairobi - Hundreds of teachers in northern Kenya bordering Somalia have refused to return to work, fearing attacks by Islamic extremists, a union official and teachers said on Tuesday.

The estimated 700 teachers demonstrated outside parliament in Nairobi demanding that the government transfer them to schools in safer regions.

The protesting teachers were from Wajir, Mandera and Garissa, where most of the residents are Kenyans of Somali ancestry, said the Kenya National Union of Teachers Chairman Mudzo Nzili.

The demonstrating teachers are non-Somali and fear for their lives following attacks that singled out non-Somalis by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab, he said.

Also read: Kenya drops most charges against British terror suspect

"We are so traumatized. I buried 10 colleagues in one week. ... It is very difficult for me to think of going back there. We should be transferred," said Anne Nyakio, a teacher from Wajir Girls High School.

In November al-Shabaab attackers hijacked a bus near the town of Mandera, singled out non-Muslims and non-Somalis, and shot dead 28 passengers. Twenty-two of those killed were teachers. Ten days later al-Shabaab massacred 36 quarry workers who were non-Muslims.

Kenya's schools re-opened almost two weeks ago following a nationwide teacher's strike over wages that delayed the resumption of classes after the Christmas vacation.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...