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Why TSC denied teachers unions their monthly remittance

29 October 2015, 08:34 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has defended its decision to withhold October remittance for teachers’ unions.

The TSC CEO, Nancy Macharia who appeared before the Senate Education committee accompanied by other officials, said the commission’s move to deny the unions their monthly remittance is not retaliation to their recent five-week teachers’ strike.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (KUPPET) had raised concern that TSC’s move to deny them the monthly remittance deducted from their members intends to weaken and silence them in protecting interests of teachers.

“We are friends of these unions. Teachers have been complaining of deductions from their pay-slips and the commission is undertaking a cleansing measure of the payroll. Once we are done, we will remit the unions dues,” assured Macharia.

She pointed out that teachers have been raising questions on why there were deductions on their pay-slips as they did not know that the money was remitted to their respective unions.

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“We withheld the October remittance to unions because there have been issues on who belongs to which union,” said Macharia.

The teachers’ unions also raised alarm that TSC’s move to withhold the October remittance had put over 200 union branches at the risk of closure due to lack of finances to facilitate their daily operations.

The substantive Senate education chairperson, Halima Mohamud (nominated senator) and the Nyamira Senator, Mong’are Okong’o supported TSC move to withhold the unions’ remittance until the confusion on deductions from teachers’ salaries is resolved.

“I agree with your decision to cleanse the payroll to end the teachers’ complaints and this should be explained to union officials,” said Okong’o.

Regarding reported incidents of teachers engaging in national examination leakage saga, TSC affirmed that heavy penalties will be imposed on those found guilty.

“The teachers’ integrity is put on test and we will take appropriate action against teachers involved in exam cheating because it is against the TSC code of conduct and regulations,” warned Macharia.

The senators accused TSC of being lenient to teachers involved in examination leakages, therefore proposed stiffer penalties against them through naming and interdiction on grounds that the Kenya National Examination Council was imposing heavy penalties such as cancellation of results for students caught in examination cheating.  

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