Kenyan teachers the best paid in the region, says President Kenyatta
21 September 2015, 09:16
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has rubbished claims that Kenyan teachers are paid less than their colleagues in the region.
Speaking Sunday when he addressed the nation on the ongoing teachers' strike, the President observed that Kenyan teachers are the best paid in the region, and third in the continent after Morocco and South Africa.
“The lowest-paid teacher in Kenya earns seven times as much as his counterpart in Burundi. The lowest paid teacher in Uganda earns the equivalent of KES 7 600; the lowest paid in Tanzania KES 15 800, compared to the lowest-paid Kenyan teacher who takes home over KES 23 000,” he explained.
He also noted that teachers enter the public service at the same job group as other civil servants who have similar qualifications and responsibilities, with graduate teachers entering the service at job group K just like engineers and other specialised professionals.
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Kenyatta further dismissed claims that the current and former regimes have continued to sideline teachers by failing to implement the 1997 agreement, saying that the 150-200 percent pay rise they were demanding has already been awarded in full.
“A P1 teacher who earned a gross salary of KES 7 762 then now earns a minimum of KES 23 692, while the highest paid teacher who took home KES 35 886 then now earns a minimum of KES 140 089,” he observed.
Citing the huge wage bill, the President maintained that the current teachers’ demands cannot be met and asked them to resume work for the sake of the Kenyan child.
The government had ordered all schools to be closed on Friday last week, even as the nation awaits the decision of labour court on the legality of the teachers strike.
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