Sossion finally pays his debt to teachers
24 August 2015, 18:10
Nairobi - Teachers aside, the happiest man in Kenya is probably KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion, after finally repaying his promise to teachers for better perks.
Sossion was jubilant Monday after the Supreme Court granted teachers a 50-60% pay-rise and stopping government efforts to derail the move to pay teachers better.
The usually vibrant Sossion could not hide his jubilation at the ruling Monday that finally ended an over 10 year wait for better pay for teachers.
" This is a great day. We thank God abundantly and praise him for this ruling. It has been a long time coming," he said in the aftermath of the ruling in Nairobi.
He stated that the long fight could not have come to fruition if the backing of teachers was not there.
" I thank teachers who have trusted us and given us their faith and prayed for us. We are where we are because of their support and patience," he added.
For Sossion, the win is the culmination of a two year hard fought battle he undertook since he was elected KNUT secretary.
" I promised teachers that in my stewardship, they would get the pay-rise they very much deserve. Glory be to God," he proclaimed.
It will also be sweet victory over Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi who had insisted that the pay-rise would not be effected regardless of what teachers said or felt.
" Listen. This is not just an issue we wake up and agree on. There must be things that are put in place, such as to ensure the Teachers Service Commision TSC is on board, as well as ensure that the Salaries and Renumeration Commision SRC also agrees with it," he had said before the ruling Monday.
The ruling means that the government, already with a KES 520 billion deficit in the 2015-16 budget will need to look for an extra KES 150 billion to pay teachers.
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