TSC and SRC are required under KUPPET to increase teacher salaries,
TSC and SRC are required under KUPPET to increase teacher salaries
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) have been encouraged by the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) to adhere to their promise to raise teachers’ pay by the end of July.
Teachers have a high cost of living due to heavy tax burdens, according to KUPPET Sg Akelo Misori, who was speaking at a news conference on Tuesday at the organization’s offices in Nairobi. Despite the government’s pledge to increase salaries, this has occurred.
According to Misori, “Kuppet demands immediate action by SRC and TSC to complete the teacher salary increment that has already been agreed upon between the union and the President.”
While teachers bear the cost of higher taxes and high inflation, regrettably and in spite of guarantees, TSC and SRC are continuing in circles.
He added that President William Ruto met with the National Governing Council of the Union in May and gave them assurances that the government will guarantee teachers a pay increase of at least 10% following the adoption of the Finance Bill.
When the President provided his consent, Misori said, “we assumed that the Treasury and TSC were notified. We have talked with the TSC multiple times regarding the review of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He stressed the urgency of the situation and urged the TSC to set up a meeting with KUPPET so that the salary hike may be finalized and included in teachers’ pay this month.
According to the collective bargaining agreement for 2021–2025, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has asked for a salary rise for teachers of 60%.
KNUT Secretary-General Collins Oyuu remarked that the last time the teachers’ remuneration was evaluated was in 2016–17.
“The previous salary increment was implemented in two phases—2016/2017 and 2017/2018—and since the increase was minimal, it was paid in two installments,” explained Oyuu.
He demanded that the collective bargaining agreement, which covered non-monetary benefits, be reviewed for the period of 2021 to 2025.
Oyuu also voiced reservations about the working party’s suggestion to reduce the TSC’s authority in favor of the education ministry.