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KNUT: Pay teachers a reasonable salary

05 August 2013, 17:03 John Kioko

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has said that teachers want good environment for them to efficiently deliver their duties.

Kwale county KNUT officer Mary Mkaha said that teachers cannot perform their duties as required if their welfare is not considered by the government by paying them a reasonable salary.

Addressing locals at Kaphingo primary school in Kinango during a school fundraising ceremony presided over by Governor Salim Mvurya, Mkaha said teachers need to be paid well.

Pay them what they want

“You can’t expect teachers to deliver good services to our children if they are not satisfied. The government should clear everything with them and pay them what they want,” he said.

Teachers, Mkaha said, are very important people in the society and especially for the success of Kenyan children who are leaders of the future.

He said the lives of school-going children mostly depend on teachers and so there is need for the government to realise their importance when handling their issues.

Stop hide and seek games, intimidation

“You cannot treat a teacher like any other person. They ought to be respected and given what they want for them to help our children to succeed in life and not playing hide and seek games that endanger life of our children,” he cautioned.

 For teachers to work stress freely, the KNUT officer said they should be paid well and urged the government stop intimidating them since such things only demoralise them.

“If you see teachers downing their tools it’s not because they want but because they are forced to do so until when the government realises their importance in this country,” he noted.

However, Mwavumbo Mwatate ward representative Anthony Lukuli cautioned teachers against their continued strike saying it hampers good national performance.

Consider the future of the children

Addressing the same gathering, Lukuli said teachers and parents should develop means of teaching children even as strike continues like other schools in upcountry for the sake of good performance.

“When teachers strike here all pupils remain at home but our friends up there remain in school and develop other means of teaching their children. That’s why they are always on the top,” he said.

He said as much as teachers fight for their rights, they should also consider the future of the innocent children.

"County government of Kwale is offering to pay fees for every class eight candidates who will secure chances in national secondary schools but we can't make it if strike overtakes everything. We need to consider our children," said Lukuni.

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