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Teachers advised to engage in business to boost their income

25 November 2015, 11:46 Ben Wafula

Bungoma -  Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has advised teachers in the country to venture into business to boost their income instead of depending on their meager salaries.

Knut National Executive Council member, Emily Mitto said that teachers have been living in poverty despite being educated because of their job status.

Speaking during the Knut Bungoma teacher’s education scheme Annual General Meeting held at Busakala Secondary school in Kabuchai constituency, Mitto said that the recent strike depicted teachers as useless people in the society because they only depend on their salaries to feed and educate their children.

“It is high time we ventured into business to supplement what we earn; this will help us make enough money to cater for other needs. You saw recently some teacher’s committing suicide after failing to get their September salary and this is something that should be discouraged; if the victim had other sources of money he would have not committed suicide,” said Mitto.

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The Kakamega North Knut Treasurer said that teachers should unite and empower themselves economically to help come out of perpetual poverty.

“Teachers are a respected people in the society and they should act as good ambassadors through engaging in extra business to boost their meager salaries,” She advised.

The Unionist said that the small businesses can sustain teachers in case of a problem or if they are scrapped off the Teachers Service Commission payroll.

Her sentiments were echoed by another NEC member, Fred Sichangi who is also the Bungoma West/Central Knut executive Secretary who urged teachers to take loans from financial institutions and Sacco’s and venture into businesses to boost their income.

“This is the only way we can beat poverty or else we will remain a laughing stalk that despite shaping the future of students who later become millionaires we have remained stagnant in poverty. This should not be encouraged; nobody was born rich; it’s us to use our common sense to change our future,” Fred said.

Bungoma County Knut executive Secretary Kenneth Nganga called on TSC to release teachers September salaries as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Teachers play an important role and the continued withholding of their salaries is hurting their operations. Some have loans in banks and Sacco’s and they will be surcharged if TSC continues to withhold their pay,” he said.

He said that if the government continues to humiliate teachers they have an alternative means of voting them out in the next general election and vote in leaders who can understand the teacher’s predicament.

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