TSC fails to remit deductions of teachers on school-based programme
03 August 2015, 08:13
Nairobi - Teachers who are undertaking courses in various colleges over the holidays risk not reporting to their respective institutions after the Teachers Service Commission failed to remit statutory deductions to their respective Saccos.
The commission is accused of failing to remit the teachers’ deductions for the months of June and July.
Teachers who spoke to the News24 when they visited the KNUT offices in Bomet expressed fears that they may be forced to deffer their studies because their sacco is unable to give them loans over liquidity challenges.
“I am supposed to report to college when schools close next week but my sacco has said it cannot process a loan I had applied because it has no money,” said Joseph Kibet, a student in one of the local private universities.
Kibet said his sacco claimed they cannot process loans as they had not received over KES 200 million.
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Bomet Knut Executive Secretary, Malel Langat appealed to the commission Secretary, Nancy Macharia to intervene because saccos have a huge back log of loan applications.
“It is unfortunate that we are experiencing such delays in this age and era. The commission has enough personnel and thus not justified in this unnecessary delay,” said Langat.
“According to the Cooperatives Societies Act (2012), an employer who is under instructions of the employee to make deductions for remittance to the cooperative society but fails to do so within seven days after the date upon which the deductions were made shall be liable to pay the sum deducted together with the compound interest,” said Langat.
He wondered why their deductions were not remitted yet salaries were paid.
“The money was deducted from the teachers’ pay slips and the same should have been forwarded to the saccos before the 10th day of the following month.
The unionist warned that they will be forced to ask the head office to institute industrial action against the commission for failing to execute its mandate.
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