Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino, is urging the government to consider granting permanent and pensionable status to junior secondary school (JSS) intern teachers currently working under contracts with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Owino contends that President Ruto’s administration should refrain from boasting about the substantial number of teachers employed while simultaneously addressing the issue of inadequate compensation for educators.
“The government keep on boasting that they’ve employed Fifty thousand teachers. Some are even saying of 100,000 teachers . Why is the president playing with the minds of Kenyans in this nation?” stated Owino” questioned Owino.
Primary school income teachers receive Ksh13,000, with deductions of Ksh2,000, resulting in a net income of Ksh11,000.
In contrast, junior secondary school interns earn Ksh17,000, while board of management teachers receive salaries ranging from Ksh15,000 to Ksh20,000.
“You cannot pay a teacher Ksh17,000. You have other kids, you are taking to school, you need to pay your rent. You need to buy food. You need to take other children to school and pay for them from high school to university. And you need to invest also for the future of this children. ” Stated Owino.
Owino proposes that primary school teachers should earn a minimum salary of Ksh50,000, with the potential to earn over Ksh500,000. Junior secondary school teachers should receive a minimum of Ksh200,000, with the possibility of earning between half a million and a million Kenyan shillings.
High school teachers, according to Owino, should earn over Ksh300,000, with a maximum salary ranging from one to two million.