The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has requested a substantial 60% increase in teachers’ salary. The call was made during the KNUT annual general meeting held in Mombasa.
KNUT National Chairman Patrick Karinga Munuhe, emphasized that teachers face a significant workload, which is expected to grow due to the preparations for grade 8 enrollment next year under the new Competency Based Curriculum.
The proposed educational reforms aim to create a comprehensive school system from Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) up to grade 9.
In light of these changes, KNUT is urged TSC to review the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 2021 – 2025 and implement a 60% pay rise to compensate for the additional responsibilities placed on teachers.
Collins Oyuu, the secretary general of KNUT previously advocated for a review of the CBA 2021 – 2025.
The union issued a seven-day notice to the commission to hold a meeting to address this matter.
Munuhe confirmed that they had communicated with TSC, and a meeting had been scheduled. However, the meeting had to be postponed due to planned nationwide demonstrations by the opposition.
The issue of TSC’s recruitment of 20,000 new teacher interns was also discussed. Munuhe argued that TSC should have prioritized absorbing last year’s interns on a permanent and pensionable basis before recruiting new interns.
According to labor practices, TSC should not go beyond six months without employing interns permanently.
The Teacher Internship Programme is designed to equip and develop the skills of individuals entering the teaching profession.
Interns in primary schools receive a monthly stipend of Ksh 15,000, while those in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) will receive Ksh 20,000.
In addition, Munuhe urged the government to ensure the safety of teachers and learners and condemned the closure of public schools in Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kisumu Counties due to demonstrations.
He called for a peaceful resolution between the government and the opposition to prevent disruptions to children’s education.