Raise tax to pay teachers, Githu tells Kenyans
30 September 2015, 18:40
Nairobi - The government will have to raise tax to pay teachers their increased salaries, Attorney General Githu Muigai has told Kenyans.
Muigai says that raising Value Added Tax to over 20% is one of the likely means to pay teachers as any other means would cause an economic crisis.
He said that Kenyans must know that there need to be serious repercussions for the teachers to get their wishes for better pay.
" It is vital for Kenyans to know that there is likely a huge fiscal crisis on the way if there is an increase in teachers salaries," he said Wednesday in Nairobi.
He added that he understood that teachers needed to get better pay but it should be placed in a workable framework.
" The economy of the country and other key sectors will be under threat if the teachers are granted the KES 72 billion they want to be handed now," he added.
He called on teachers to use the laid down procedures to argue out their way.
" We have the Constitutionally dispensed Salaries and Remuneration Commision SRC. It should be respected," he added.
Teachers are on a 5 week long strike over the government's failure to effect a 50/60% payrise that was awarded to them by the Labour Court.
The government has stated that it has no funds to pay teachers. The matter is currently being heard at the Appeals Court where it is up for deliberation.
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