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KNUT Wants Salary Compensation For JSS Teachers

KNUT Wants Salary Compensation For JSS Teachers

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) will seek compensation for primary school teachers who have been helping in junior secondary schools (JSS) due to the inadequacy of the newly recruited teachers.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) should compensate thousands of Knut members who are qualified to teach in junior secondary schools and have already been assigned lessons, as stated by Knut Secretary-General Collins Oyuu in yesterday’s issue of the Nation.

Mr. Oyuu stated that they couldn’t look as learners suffer and that the TSC was trying, but they needed to help them. He mentioned that those with the necessary qualifications were teaching in JSS, but as a common labor practice, there should be additional pay for additional labor.

In February, TSC hired and deployed 10,000 teachers and 20,000 interns to JSS, but with over 23,000 public schools, the majority of institutions only received one or two teachers.

Johnson Nzioka, chairman of the Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (Kepsha), stated that learning is occurring in JSS despite staffing issues.

He also mentioned that they had engaged qualified teachers, and most of the books had been delivered, but the capitation funds they were promised hadn’t been disbursed.

He explained that for primary school learners, they had received 20 percent instead of the 50 percent allocation for the first term. They didn’t have money to buy instructional materials and for the general purpose of running schools. He further stated that they hadn’t yet received the SNE grant, but the cost of living had increased. Some school administrators had requested an early school closing, and children with special needs were vulnerable and should be given top priority when school funds are distributed.

Mr. Oyuu disclosed that Knut has formed a subcommittee within its steering committee to deal with JSS matters, and that they will meet with Kepsha officials on Thursday to discuss the “actual situation on the ground.”

Peter Sitienei, the chairman of the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers, asked TSC to prioritize the deployment of specialized JSS teachers for special needs education (SNE).

The majority of SNE schools are boarding schools, while students with less severe disabilities attend regular schools. In addition to the Sh1,420 annual capitation provided to primary school students, SNE students receive an additional Sh9,000.

The TSC has advertised for qualified teachers to apply for deployment to the JSS, with the application deadline being today. Mr. Oyuu, however, criticized the criteria established by the commission, arguing that it will exclude many deserving candidates.

To qualify, a teacher must have attained a mean grade of C+ on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or its equivalent, as well as a minimum grade of C+ in both of their teaching subjects.

Mr. Oyuu also suggested that the criteria for teacher qualifications shouldn’t be based on secondary school scores, but on the latest qualification a teacher holds. It should also factor in the teaching experience of a teacher.

He argued that there were teachers who scored C-plain in KCSE but went ahead to perform highly in undergraduate studies, and their C-plain shouldn’t be used to condemn them.

KNUT Wants Salary Compensation For JSS Teachers


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