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Treasury has no money for teachers, says CS Rotich

07 January 2015, 16:46 William Korir

Nairobi - Treasury has no money for teachers, says Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

Teachers are currently in the third day of a strike that they feel is necessary to force the government to pay them increased wages and allowances that had been agreed in previous Collective Bargaining Agreements CBA's.

The Teachers Service Commission TSC has already stated that it does not have the requisite funds to sanction an increase in wages as the teachers want.

And with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC also claiming there is no money, Rotich has now come out to bash the final nail in the coffin.

" There is simply no money to make such payments, as sad as it may sound, but it is the truth," he said in a press conference Wednesday.

He added that there is a plan in place to address the needs of teachers but that it only comes into force from the 2015-16 financial year.

" There will be harmonized allowances implemented from the 2015-16 financial year worth close to KES 20 billion and over half of this will go to teachers. They know it and I believe they should try be patient for now," he added.

He also said that the issue of CBA's, which are the root cause of such problems will be eliminated in the new structure.

" We will no longer have groups coming up claiming they have a CBA. That will end with the new arrangement," he added.

The government has sent Labour CS Kazungu Kambi to try negotiate with the teachers to end their current protests and convince them to wait till the next financial year to receive their new pay package, which it seems is not bearing fruit at the moment.

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