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KNUT Pushes TSC to Increase Teachers’ Pay By 60 percent

KNUT Pushes TSC to Increase Teachers’ Pay By 60 percent

Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), requested a 60 percent salary increase in an effort to buffer tutors from the country’s severe economic difficulties.

Wednesday, October 5 at the Kenya School of Government- Lower Kabete, Oyuu admitted that the performance of teachers is dependent on their wellbeing.

He stated that his position as head of the KNUT requires him to campaign for tutors to receive a substantial portion of the national pie.

“Teachers can only work if they are motivated and well paid. I propose a 60 percent salary increment regardless of the economic status of the country,” Oyuu stated during the World Teachers Day Celebrations. 

In addition, he commended President William Ruto’s swift action in organizing a task committee to evaluate the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in order to address the concerns of stakeholders, especially parents.

Before submitting the final report to the President for action, he asked the committee led by Prof. Raphael Munavu to ensure the review process is inclusive and listens to all stakeholders.

“Our president took up and formed a working CBC task force to help the key stakeholders in addressing our pressing issues. This time around, we must not get it wrong,” he stated.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary General Akelo Misori reiterated his sentiments when he encouraged the incoming administration to meet the urgent needs of all instructors.

“We are the people who can transform education. We are not noisemakers. To the TSC chair, Jamleck Muturi we want you to address the stagnation of teachers of this country and ensure you lobby for the 58,000 teachers the new government has committed to giving us.”

Misori remarked, “Expand the housing for teachers so that the new housing plans accommodate teachers first.”

Dr. Nancy Macharia, the head of the Teachers Service Commission, reassured unions that negotiations on the recruitment of teachers were still proceeding following President Ruto’s vow prior to the August 2022 elections.

“Be assured that the Kenyan teacher can only expect good things going forward. We shall be telling you how to go on with this recruitment as per the Kenya Kwanza Charter,” stated TSC CEO.

During the ceremonies, a total of 264 educators were recognized for overcoming adversity to advocate for effective and high-quality education.

In addition, over the past two years, close to 51 educators have received national honors, including 21 in 2022 alone.

KNUT Pushes TSC to Increase Teachers’ Pay By 60 percent


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