KUPPET: Teachers receive reduced July salaries despite President Ruto’s promise,
KUPPET: Teachers receive reduced July salaries despite President Ruto’s promise
In spite of President Ruto’s promise, KUPPET has decided to cut teachers’ salary for the month of July.
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has taken deductions out of the salary of teachers in the month of July. These deductions have had an impact on their pay.
Complaints on this matter were submitted in a statement that was dated Thursday, July 27, by the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) in Vihiga County, in addition to other unions such as the Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS).
“We have heard that an NSSF deduction in the amount of Sh 360 has been taken from each and every one of our members. “This deduction has come at a time when our members were eagerly waiting for the 7 to 10 percent increase in their basic salary as promised by His Excellency President William Ruto last month,” KUPPET said in the statement. “This deduction has come at a time when our members were eagerly waiting for the increase in basic salary as promised by His Excellency President William Ruto.”
The majority of the impacted educators said that approximately six percent of their total compensation was not distributed to them.
The new NSSF Act mandates that every individual make a monthly contribution that is equal to 12 percent of their monthly wage. The employee’s pay is reduced by six percent, while the employer is responsible for covering the remaining six percent of the cost.
In the government of President William Ruto, one of the ways that is recommended to grow the savings of Kenyans is through the updated National Social Security Fund Act, which is proposed in the Finance Act 2023.
“I am aware that the SRC has put out a proposal for a raise in salaries for a variety of different cadres of public servants, including both civil servants and other types of public employees. “They have made a recommendation to us that they want to increase salaries of civil servants by an average of between 7 and 10 percent; that is from office assistants all the way up to people who serve below the PSs,” stated the President on June 30, during the unveiling of digital government services at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC).
Sabala Inyeni, the Executive Secretary of KUPPET in Vihiga, noted in the statement that teachers do not appreciate the multiple savings schemes by the government that purport to deliver a better retirement package while exposing them to untold misery throughout their time of service. The statement was included in the document.