Kenyan Teachers protesting last Year Kenyan teachers will take strike action from September 3rd if their demands are not met This is the latest move in their long campaign to see teachers remunerated properly. Allowances which were promised them in 1997 have still not been paid and primary school teachers in the country can earn as little as $160 a month. The Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is also engaged in a fight for funding for school materials to be disbursed to schools, and last year it successfully fought to see contract teachers made permanent. Meanwhile teachers are also having to cope with high stakes testing, leading to an outlay of money on tests, and education money also being lost through corruption as private publishers compete with one another to get lucrative contracts for testing materials. Privatisation of public schools is also gathering strength as public school teachers struggle to give children an education under often impossible conditions and with no funding for professional development. The latest battle is for a living wage and both the KNUT and the Kenyan Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET) are committed to a strike from the beginning of the new term. KNUT chair, Wilson Sossion said: "Owing to the TSC's unresponsive position on our issues, teachers of this nation wish to declare that they have been patient and will not accept to be ignored any more." The Central Organisation of Trade Unions in Kenya is fully supporting the teachers in their strike call.