School in Kenya Kenyan teachers will go on strike from September 1 if their demands are not met The teachers - who are members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) are demanding that the government  put aside money for the hiring of 28,000 new teachers and for making teachers on temporary contracts permanent. A strike had been planned for earlier this month but leaders of KNUT have given the government two weeks to resolve this dispute. Parents are also involved - with the Kenyan National Association of Parents (KNA) taking the education ministry to court to try to force them to employ the new teachers. Teachers and parents say that the allocation of 28,000 new teachers would only be a start and that in fact up to 80,000 new teachers are needed if children in Kenya are to get a good education. The issue of temporary contracts is a long running one in Kenya (see previous posts). As regular readers of this site will know - the hiring of so-called contract teachers is a well worn policy of both national governments looking to save money and the World Bank as a means of cutting budget deficits and weakening teacher union capacity to fight on behalf of their members. It is common practice not only in sub-saharan Africa but in North Africa, India, many parts of Asia and is a growing problem in countries in the Global North.