KNUT Proposes 60% Salary Increment for All Teachers
KNUT Proposes 60% Salary Increment for All Teachers. The 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is being renegotiated by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), as the regular school calendar is expected to resume in the coming month following the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Among other things, the CBA calls for a 60% rise in teachers’ base salary across all cadres.
The organization bemoaned the falling standard of living for teachers, who it asserted had been particularly hurt by the high inflation rate experienced by the country.
“We will meet with the Teachers Service Commission and have proposed a 60% wage increase for teachers overall,” said Collins Oyuu, secretary general of KNUT.
While the previous CBA (2017-2021) focused a lot of emphasis on our heads and deputies administrators, this time around we are battling for the acknowledgment of all of us as teachers in our nation.
Mr. Oyuu claimed that the delocalization program had shattered the essential family structure for teachers and argued in favor of its reform.
The KNUT chief revealed that the union will seek Parliament for around Ksh. 4.5 billion to finance the entrance of teachers into their profession. As a result, teachers won’t have to further stretch their already limited resources to fund their schooling.
“How do we proceed and then go ahead and dig deep into our pockets again to cough up another Ksh. 6,000 to pay for our induction when we do not have enough for our teachers, even to maintain themselves?” He continued, “The TSC should see this as part of their job.”
During its 69th annual National Delegates Conference (NDC), the union will also discuss the establishment of a teachers’ appeal tribunal to deal with instances of teacher misconduct as well as a change in the promotion criteria from evaluation to academic credentials.
Around 2,000 delegates from throughout the country will attend the NDC in Kisumu, which is set to end on Friday.