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Teachers want 300% salary increase

01 May 2013, 12:14 Steve Wambugu

The Kenya National Union of teachers (KNUT) is waiting with a bated breath to see whether their demand for a 300% salary increase will be honoured in the next financial year, KNUT National chairman Wilson Sossion has said.

Speaking on Tuesday in Nakuru during the annual general meeting for KNUT Nakuru branch, Sossion said that they are yearning for quality education for all children, and this can only be achieved if teachers are treated fairly.

“The new government has to honour our deal in the budget because we had an agreement with the previous regime,” he said.  

He noted that public schools have for decades been sidelined, translating to poor performance all year round.

He reiterated the need for the government to put public schools on a par with the private schools in terms of standard of education so that they can compete fairly.

Sossion observed that government should increase the capitation of the free primary education from KES 1 020 per pupil to KES 5 000 annually while that of free secondary school should be raised from KES 10 000 per a student to KES 40 000 per annum.

The union also wants the government to set aside KES 16 billion to hire 40 000 teachers before the end of this year.

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