KNUT Yatta deplores spiking cases of teachers committing suicide
KNUT Yatta deplores spiking cases of teachers committing suicide. After two teachers committed themselves in the sub-county over the course of one week, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Yatta branch expressed worry over the rising number of incidences of teacher suicide in the nation.
Branch Executive Secretary Michael Kasimba Ngui explained the instances in a phone conversation with Education News by blaming government pressure.
Two teachers in the sub-county have killed themselves in the past week.
He stated that the government needed to lower the price of necessities and lessen the financial strain on Kenyans because teachers were burdened by loans and that the cost of life was growing every day.
“Teachers in Kenya are suffering from the economic downturn just like everyone else; they are struggling to make ends meet. Since the economy has improved, our salaries are insufficient to cover our expenses, according to Ngui.
He claims that because teacher salaries have not increased over the past five years, it is difficult for them to keep up with their obligations.
“Banks are charging high interest rates on loans, but we haven’t seen a raise in pay in five years. How do they see our surviving all of this? The government ought to stop taking anything out of our pay stubs, he said.
When under stress, he advised teachers to seek professional assistance rather than ignore their mental health and end up taking their lives.