Unions in Kenya have declared the first day of a nationwide walk-out by some 230,000 teachers "100 percent successful." A BBC correspondent in Nairobi says some primary school pupils found their classes empty and so played or tried to give each other lessons. Billed as the "mother of all strikes." the open-ended action follows the collapse of pay negotiations. The education minister said the strike was illegal and blamed teachers, saying they kept changing their position. On Sunday the government had urged parents to take their children to school despite the threat of industrial action. (BBC)

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