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Leaders want teachers to be patient about pay

30 August 2015, 20:44 Steven Njuguna

Nyahururu - Be patient with the government and give the national assembly time to craft a supplementary budget to address the salary increment issue, teachers have been urged.

Speaking at Karaba secondary school in Laikipia west sub-County during a fund raising ceremony to go towards construction of a school laboratory, a section of leaders from Laikipia and Kiambu counties said though it was crucial to give teachers a good pay, teachers should be patriotic and give the government time to source for the funds for their 50-60% salary increment as directed by the supreme court.

Led by Laikipia West MP Wachira Karani, URP nominated MP AbdiNoor Mohamed, MCA’s Francis Mukuria (Marmanet, Laikipia), Karungo Thang’wa (Ngewa, Kiambu), Cecilia Wamaitha (Gatuanyaga, Kiambu), Nyambura Maitai (nominated, Laikipia) and former Industrialization Assistant Minister Nderitu Muriithi, the leaders called for proper consultation between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and teachers unions KUPPET and KNUT in order to ensure that learning is not affected once schools re-opens next week.

Karani noted that the national assembly fully supports the teachers pay rise and called on both TSC and Teacher’s unions to sit down with the parliamentary Education committee in order to come up with an amicable means of raising the money.

“The parliament fully supports the Supreme Court's ruling and that’s why we are calling on teachers to be patient with the government,’’ said Karani.

On his part, Mohamed urged teachers to stop politicizing teaching under the guise of calling for salary increment at the expense of education.

He urged teachers to give the government time as it looks into ways of raising the 50-60% salary increment and called on teachers to put the interests of pupils at heart and commit themselves to their duties.

His sentiments were echoed by former Industrialization Assistant Minister, Nderitu Muriithi who called on the government to pump more money to support education programs.

He said teachers must exercise patience with the government instead of calling for a countrywide strike.

Speaking at the same time, Laikipia KUPPET Branch Executive Secretary Ndung'u Wangenye called for proper consultations with the government to ensure that teachers do not resort to going on strike.

He said dialogue was essential and that teachers were not ready to go on strike on Monday, but observed that that would depend on how the government handles the matter.

He also called for the removal of Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi whom he accused of doing little to address education matters.

MCA Karungo Thang’wa called on the National Assembly to push for the Health Sector roles to be taken back under the management of the National Government in order to help address the crisis facing the sector and accused the county government of over spending on unnecessary projects and hence failing to pay salaries for their workers.

His Marmanet counterpart, Francis Mukuruia called for more funds to support education.

- MyNews24

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