The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has suggested that the government to reopen the salaries review negotiations which were frozen last year.
Kuppet secretary General Akelo Misori said that it is necessary for the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), to reopen talks on salaries review since the economy is improving.
The secretary was speaking after the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) on the state of the teaching profession and education sector in general.
“Having considered all factors affecting the terms and conditions of service for teachers, the ADC demands the immediate re-opening of talks for the salaries review that was put on hold due to poor economic performance occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic.” Misori stated.
In addition, Misori said that the union has been lenient and reasonable but the time to push for new terms could not wait another year.
“Enough is enough, we have been lenient and reasonable enough. However, we expect TSC to respect our views and initiate the talks,” Misori added.
Misori, accompanied by Kuppet Chairman Omboka Milemba and his vice Julius Korir also said that the delay in reviewing salaries was due to poor economic performance relating to the virus.
The Kuppet boss also went ahead and mentioned that the government has over the last few months, been reviewing salaries and allowances for several cadres in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the Public Service Commission (PSC), and county governments, yet, they are left out.
“We want to make it very clear; teachers are not beggars, they are professionals. They know when to talk and what to say. We know this is the right time to engage in such a matter without the interference of school calendars,” he added.
He also mentioned that the teachers directed the National Executive Board to communicate union demands to TSC and the ministry of education during the ADC.