KUPPET demand leave allowance
10 December 2013, 10:47
Nakuru - The National Chairman of Kenya Union of Post Primary Education (KUPPET), Omboko Milemba has said that teachers should be earning a leave allowance just like any other civil servant.
Omboko said that the government should actualize the teachers' allowances in the next supplementary budget.
“Only teachers of this country do not earn a leave allowance and this must be actualized by the government,” he said.
Speaking on Saturday during the 12th Annual General Meeting in Nakuru, Omboko said that promotion of teachers in the country should be implemented by the government before the next budget as promised.
Omboko also said that responsibility allowance for teachers in job group L and above should be actualized in the next supplementary budget as well.
He said that it is a shame that MPs with a teaching background are not pushing for motions of better payment for teachers in the country.
“It is a shame to see MPs who were teachers walking out of the House whenever a motion of teachers' pay is tabled,” said Omboko.
He added that the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) should remunerate examiners well saying the current pay is not equivalent to the work they do.
Omboko said it is regrettable that KNEC has been underpaying examiners who are also to poor work conditions as they mark the exams.
“The teachers marking examinations work under bad conditions and KNEC does not want anyone to discuss these issues in public in the name of secrecy,” he said.
Secretary General of KUPPET, Akello Misori said that for a very long time the government has continued to sideline teachers.
Misori said that the government should honor the agreement they made with KUPPET regarding the payment of teachers, failure to which KUPPET will take action.
He also urged the media to be objective in their reporting by focusing on what is really ailing the union of teachers.
“We wish to ask the media not to focus on one aspect but instead tell the public what is really happening to KUPPET,” he said.
Misori called on the President and his deputy to concentrate on other national matters instead of muzzling the media and NGOs.
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