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SRC: Teachers’ pay rise unsustainable

07 September 2015, 10:02 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Chairperson, Sarah Serem has said the 50-60 percent teachers’ pay rise is unsustainable.

Speaking in an interview in Nairobi Sunday, Serem said already the government is already grappling with the soaring public wage bill and increasing the teachers’ pay would worsen the situation.

“The public wage bill is unsustainable and every Kenyan should understand this in the first place. We have to make decisions that do not hurt our economy or else things will be tough for our country,” Serem said.

Serem urged teachers to allow SRC to conduct a job evaluation to harmonize salaries and allowances for all public officers.

Read Also: Dear Government: Please pay your employees well

“We are doing job evaluation for the entire public sector, which involves teachers. They should not be opposed to this because it is our constitutional mandate to conduct the exercise.

“This is a scientifically based exercise and it is straight forward. There is no favoritism whatsoever,” Serem said.

She assured Kenyans of better services by the government once the wage bill is sustainable.

The teachers’ strike entered its second week on Monday, even as Teachers Service Commission (TSC) threatened to sack all teachers who are taking part in the strike.

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