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ICPAK calls on teachers to cancel strike

24 September 2015, 08:04 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK) has called upon the striking teachers to call off their strike as they await the court's decision on the matter.

ICPAK CEO, Dr Patrick Ngumi said that judicial discourse ought to have brought sanity to the teachers' pay dispute but has resulted into unwarranted debates that are based on self interest among policy makers and politicians.

“This debate has been covered by self interest and exposed a lot of recklessness in regard to the law. It's apparent that the pay dispute is still under consideration by the court and should be sought within the judicial system,” said Ngumi.

Speaking during the annual ICPAK tax event in Mombasa, Ngumi said the teachers' pay bill needs to be evaluated within the national productivity scope framework and be put into consideration as the their pay is being resolved.

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Ngumi noted that Kenya has currently recorded a low productivity multi index factor of 0.4 compared to other developing countries that stand at 5.0, and this has trapped Kenya into low productivity.

He said the teachers' strike shows a poor execution of appropriate mechanisms in the labour market.

He added that teachers' unions should be sending their representatives to schools to see if productivity is met that reflect the salaries that the teachers demand.

“Kenya’s GDP currently stands at 10% measured against the global benchmark of 7% which is unsustainable,” said Ngumi.

ICPAK also noted that teachers’ unions disregard of the Salary and Remuneration Commission's efforts to harmonize the public service salaries shows lack of respect to an institution that is constitutionally mandated to look into the matter.

“Just recently the teachers' unions called the SRC strangers in their efforts to resolve the current teachers' salary issues,” said Ngumi.

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