Secondary school strikes: the art of blaming the victim
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In this paper the causes are discussed of the secondary school strikes which took place throughout Kenya in 1974. First, the interpretations are presented which were given to the strikes by the Ministry of Education and the leading newspapers. An attempt is made to show some of the weaknesses of these interpretations by probing into the real causes of student grievances. Four case studies are presented as a basis for discussion of the nature of secondary school strikes. As a conclusion, some changes are recommended in the educational system which should foster a better climate for learning in Kenyan schools.