The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has urged the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to fulfill their commitment of increasing teachers’ salaries by the end of July.
Speaking during a press conference held at KUPPET offices in Nairobi on Tuesday, KUPPET Sg Akelo Misori stated that teachers are burdened by high taxes, leading to a high cost of living. This is in spite of the government’s promise to raise salaries.
“Kuppet demands immediate action by SRC and TSC to conclude the salary increment for teachers that has already been agreed between the union and the President,” Misori said.
“Regrettably and despite assurances, TSC and SRC are still going round in circles even as teachers suffer the burden of increased taxes and high inflation.”
He mentioned that in May, President William Ruto met with the Union’s National Governing Council and assured them of the government’s commitment to granting teachers a salary increase of at least 10 percent upon the passage of the Finance Bill.
“We have corresponded with the TSC numerous times regarding the review of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and when the President gave his approval, we assumed that the Treasury and TSC were informed,” Misori explained.
He emphasized the need for swift action from the TSC, urging them to arrange a meeting with KUPPET to finalize the salary increment and incorporate it into teachers’ salaries this month.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has demanded a 60 percent salary increase for teachers in accordance with the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Collins Oyuu, the Secretary-General of KNUT, noted that the teachers’ pay was last reviewed in 2016/2017.
“The previous salary increment was implemented in two phases—2016/2017 and 2017/2018—and since the increase was minimal, it was paid in two installments,” Oyuu explained.
He called for a review of the 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement, which included non-monetary benefits
Oyuu also expressed concerns regarding the working party’s proposal to diminish the powers of the TSC in favor of the education ministry.