Pay teach­ers Sh54bn at a go, urges Sos­sion

TSC boss Macharia says com­mit­tee is work­ing on an im­ple­men­ta­tion sched­ule

The Star (Kenya) - - Pol­i­tics Min­istry - HENRY WANYAMA @TheS­tarKenya

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.

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