Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima want science teachers to receive additional compensation in the form of risk allowance due to the hazardous nature of their work.
Speaking during KUPPET annual general meeting for Kisumu County held in Seme Sub-county, Nthurima said science teachers face considerable risks due to exposure to dangerous chemicals as part of their job, akin to the risks encountered in the medical profession.
The Union’s deputy SG also recommended that teachers should receive per diem allowances, aligning with practices in the public service, emphasizing that teachers are presently excluded from this entitlement.
He highlighted the extensive work hours of teachers, starting early in the morning and often working late into the night, underscoring the need to compensate them for overtime, a concern that has not been adequately addressed.
Nthurima urged politicians to refrain from interfering with the recruitment of teachers, emphasizing that such responsibilities belong to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
He further advocated for a reassessment of teacher training programs to align them with evolving trends. He proposed that individuals aspiring for managerial positions within the education sector should receive appropriate training at the university level to prepare them for administrative roles from the outset.
Nthurima raised concerns about disparities in teacher remuneration, citing a noticeable wage gap where employees at TSC offices receive higher pay compared to the average teacher.
Late last year, Mr Ronald Tonui ,KUPPET Assistant national treasurer alluded that science teachers should receive risk allowance since they handle dangerous chemicals while imparting knowledge to learners.
“Science teachers have contracted serious respiratory diseases owing to the exposure to chemicals during practical lessons in laboratories over the years and some have died ; they have not been compensated ” Tonui stated.