KUPPET Asks Ruto To Fulfill Pre-Election Deal With Teachers.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (KUPPET) wants President William Ruto to keep his promises before the election.
The union’s management disclosed to the press on Sunday, November 13, that it signed a contract with Kenya Kwanza before the August 9 general election.
The teachers pledged their support to the head of state and entered into several agreements, including a pay raise.
In his remarks, the Deputy Secretary General of KUPPET, Moses Nthurima, emphasized that it was time for the promises to be kept because the economy had improved.
“We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the incoming government before they were elected and a number of things were agreed upon.”
“Our expectations as a union is that TSC will roll out sessions for negotiations because the economy has improved and teachers cannot wait anymore,” he stated.
In addition, the union is demanding additional cash to implement the Competency-Based Curriculum, stating that the new approach is better suited to impart practical skills to students.
“The current system is knowledge-based. We want to expand and an education system which will ensure that our children will fit into society and the economy.
“That can only happen if the Government supports CBC,” corroborated Ronald Kiprotich, KUPPET’s Assistant Treasurer.
The demands came only one day after the unions’ secretary general pushed lawmakers and the Treasury to fund Ksh8.9 billion to actualize the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) coverage for teachers.
Misori contended that Treasury had only paid Ksh15 billion, resulting in a shortfall that would impact the deployment of medical coverage.
“KUPPET calls upon Parliament and National Treasury to urgently provide funds for teachers medical insurance under review.”
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) previously had a deal for full medical coverage.
Still, the NHIF cover requires an additional Ksh8.9 billion to be implemented.
Kuppet states that teachers will be without insurance if this sum is not provided.
The teachers also want the delocalization policy repealed so they can work closer to their families.