Teachers are now glaring at a ray of hope after the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, instigated fresh talks aimed at salary raise. This comes several months later after teachers’ unions signed non-monetary CBA.
According to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) the economy has recovered from impact of Covid-19 pandemic and now wants the lowest-paid teacher to earn Sh59,425, up from Sh34,955.
The union also is fronting for the highest-paid teachers to take home Sh153,715, up from Sh118,242.
Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori in a media briefing said they have informed the teachers’ employer (TSC) of the development and also issued timelines to guide the process.
“Upon the expiry of 21 days, the union will review the commission’s response before convening our organs to give further directions on the next course of action,” said Mr Misori.
Tentatively, this means that TSC has until mid-February to invite teachers to the negotiation table.
Mid last year, teachers unions and TSC signed the non-monetary CBA. The non-monetary CBA that was sharply criticised was informed by the freeze in salary reviews for the third public sector remuneration and benefits due to poor economic performance occasioned by Covid-19.
Misori now says that the covid -19 excuse should not be used and that teachers deserve their salary review.
“The excuse of Covid-19 should no longer be used to deny teachers their deserved salary reviews,” said Misori, adding that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has been biased against teachers while favouring other civil servants.