Kenya teacher strike affecting 10M children to end

Associated Press
Pupils at the Toi Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday Sept. 6, 2011,  sit in a classroom and study without a teacher, because the teachers are on strike.  The chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers says 200,000 teachers in schools have started a strike to protest the diversion of funds meant to hire more teachers and ease classroom overcrowding, in a move expected to affect more than 10 million children.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
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Pupils at the Toi Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday Sept. 6, 2011, sit in a classroom and study without a teacher, because the teachers are on strike. The chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers says 200,000 teachers in schools have started a strike to protest the diversion of funds meant to hire more teachers and ease classroom overcrowding, in a move expected to affect more than 10 million children.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan teachers say they are ending a weeklong strike that has affected 10 million children.

More than 200,000 Kenyan teachers were protesting over overcrowded classes. It emerged last week the government was diverting $53 million earmarked for hiring extra teachers and making temporary staff permanent to the defense ministry instead. Defense budgets are not publicly scrutinized.

Now the government says it will make all 18,000 temporary teachers permanent and hire 5,000 extra teachers in January. Teachers had said 9,040 new hires were needed. Union head Wilson Sossion said Friday the union accepts the terms but will formally endorse them Sunday.

Kenya's public schools see an average of 50 students for every teacher but in some areas it is much higher.

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