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No pay-rise for teachers, Kaimenyi insists as strike continues

14 January 2015, 13:38 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - There will be no pay-rise for teachers, Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi has said, fueling concern that the ongoing strike will continue.

Kaimenyi continued with the tough government stance on the matter, which has been that it cannot and will not pay teachers in the current economic climate and unless they agree to certain demands by the government.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony for the new University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Wednesday, Kaimenyi insisted that there is no room for a pay-rise.

" There will be no pay-rise. We have said that from the beginning and they must understand that," he said of the ongoing saga.

He added that there will be no room for further negotiation unless teachers agree to demands of a job evaluation by the Teachers Service Commission TSC.

" Everywhere in the world, job evaluation is a must. In every job. Why not for teachers?" he posed.

Kaimenyi also termed the current strike a battle for the unions and not teachers.

" It is a battle for the unions and not teachers. They are in a supremacy battle and that is the sad bit," he added.

The unions KNUT and KUPPET have insisted that unless there is an increase in basic pay-rise there is no way they will budge on the current strike.

" We are not going into the business job evaluation with TSC for teachers’ salary increase but negotiate upon the CBA as provided by law. Education Cabinet Secretary has been spreading propaganda that the government has offered teachers KES 9.3 billion yet it has only given KES 5.5 billion,” KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said Monday.

The teachers strike is into its second week, and it is likely will go on to a third week unless a quick intervention is sought.

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