Teachers’ Unions have found themselves at odds with their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) after holding salary review talks.
The dispute emerged subsequent to a private meeting held at the Kenya School of Government on Tuesday, where they deliberated on potential salary revisions.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) declined a salary proposal from the TSC, citing that it falls short of both the presidential directive and the recommendations from the Salary Remuneration Commission.
As per the union’s account, the TSC has put forth a salary increment ranging from 2.4 to 9.5 percent, with the least compensated teacher receiving the highest percentage raise, and the most highly paid teacher receiving the smallest percentage increase.
Nonetheless, Akello Misori, the Secretary General of KUPPET, expressed dissatisfaction with the proposal, asserting that it falls well below their expectations, hence rendering the meeting unsuccessful.
“It is sad what TSC has presented and is even less than what the SRC gave. The proposal according to TSC is giving lower figures than what teachers out there expect. Even what the president announced is not within what TSC is thinking about,” Misori stated.
Misori further questioned TSC’s decision to introduce a new salary proposal, suggesting that they should adhere to the guidance provided by both President William Ruto and the SRC.
“SRC had recommended a 7 to 10 percent increment for teachers and other public servants. We were expecting no less than that. It appears that either SRC misled us, or TSC is not approaching these negotiations sincerely,” Misori added.
In contrast, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) embraced the proposal put forward by TSC, viewing it as a positive step towards addressing the concerns of low-income educators.
Collins Oyuu, the Secretary General of KNUT, stated that the proposed 2.4 to 9.5 percent raise is welcomed by the union.
Oyuu emphasized the principle of proportionality in the salary increase, advocating that the lowest-earning teacher should receive the highest percentage increment, while the highest-earning teacher should receive the lowest percentage raise.
“The 2.4 to 9.5 per cent is welcomed by KNUT. Let the lowest-earning teacher get the highest percentage and the highest-earning teacher get the lowest percentage. And so in that line, we agree with TSC and we want it to be followed to the latter,” Mr oyuu stated