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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
Striking Kenyan lecturers sacked
Three Kenyan university lecturers, who are also trade union leaders, have been sacked for taking part in illegal strike action.

More than 3,500 teachers walked out on Monday at six universities, calling for big pay rises and better conditions.

A Nairobi judge had ordered that they return to their classrooms by Wednesday or face disciplinary action.

Kenya's education minister told the BBC he backed any action the universities take against lecturers still on strike.

Unions are calling for the reinstatement of the three teachers and say they will continue with the strike.

"Despite the court order, we shall be out of the classrooms until the government comes to the negotiating table," union leader Sammy Kubasu told AFP news agency.

The strike at Kenya's publicly funded universities is the third by lecturers in 12 years.

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