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Govt urged to come up with supplementary budget to pay teachers

13 September 2015, 19:39 Geoffrey Kimagut

Nakuru - Three leaders have told the government to come up with supplementary budget in order to pay teachers.

Narok West MP Patrick Ntutu, Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura and National Council for Persons with Disabilities chairman David ole Sankok said there is no other option but to pay teachers so they could end the ongoing strike and resume work.

The three were speaking in Kilusu Primary School after opening five classrooms built by Narok West CDF on Saturday.

Teachers were allocated a 50-60 percent pay rise by various courts, with the Supreme Court also rubber-stamping the pay rise but the government has so far refused to pay saying it has no money.

The teachers are still on strike for lack of pay, and have vowed to stay away until they are paid their dues.

“I urge the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich to craft a supplementary budget and bring it to the Parliament as we the lawmakers will pass it so that teachers can go back to class,” said Mwaura.

Mwaura told the government to divert money meant for laptops and pay the teachers.

“It is unrealistic for the state to continue with the laptop project while the teachers are suffering and living in abject poverty,” he said.

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On his part, Ntutu said they will push the Treasury to forward a supplementary bill that would re-allocate funds to pay  teachers.

Ntutu said teachers have suffered for long and the Jubilee government should ensure that they are better remunerated, adding that the government has enough money to pay them.

“I am a member of the Parliamentary Budget Committee and I can assure you that there is enough money to pay teachers,” said Ntutu.

The legislator said the problem this country is facing is that a lot of money is lost through corrupt deals and if the loopholes are sealed most Kenyans would enjoy government services.

Sankok also said that MPs should look for alternative money and pay teachers saying they need to be empowered so they can perform their duties diligently.

“Statistics reveal that one percent of disabled women are illiterate and to reverse this, teachers need better pay,” said Sankok.

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