Pay teachers Sh54bn at a go, urges Sossion
TSC boss Macharia says committee is working on an implementation schedule
Teachers are awaiting a decision on whether they will receive a lump sum Sh54 billion payment for the salary deal reached in October.
If they do, they will not agitate for a fresh CBA until 2021, they said.
“Paying the increment in a single installment on July 1, 2017, will make teachers feel the economical benefit of the increment,” Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said.
Teachers Service Commission chief executive officer Nancy Macharia told the Kenya National Union of Teachers annual delegates’ conference that after the salary accord, there’s work to do on how to implement it.
She was responding to Sossion, who demanded that TSC should pay pay the Sh54 billion in a single instalment for the new salary package.
President Uhuru Kenyatta did not attend the morning session, although Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i arrived early at Kasarani Stadium to receive him.
But Macharia said after the agreement was signed, the commission and the union formed a committee to work out implementation.
You have to wait and see what the implementation schedule will reveal to you, she said.
Macharia said the implementation is a must because the talks were struc- tured and had Uhuru’s input.
Sossion had said if the teachers are paid at once, they will wait until the end of the CBA cycle of July 1, 2021, to agitate for a fresh CBA.
He criticised the delayed promotion of teachers. Macharia said qualified teachers’ stagnation in one job group will be a thing of the past once the CBA has a clear implementation schedule.
“It is part of the signed CBA. We shall continuously promote teachers once we are given the funds we are requesting from Parliament,” she said. Macharia said in 2015, 14,327 teachers were promoted. She said TSC has started promoting 500 teachers.
Sossion demanded that TSC employ 85,000 teachers at once at a cost of Sh30 billion to achieve inclusive and quality education.