KNUT national chairman advocates for fair teachers’ compensation

National Chairman KNUT Mr. Patrick Munuhe addressing the press at Show ground Primary School Kitale during AGM Trans-Nzoia Branch / Photo By Osborne Benn

The national chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Patrick Munuhe Karinga has strongly advocated for fair compensation for teachers while urging the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to honour the promise made by President William Ruto regarding teachers’ pay rise.

Speaking in Kitale, Munuhe opposed the reduction in the proposed raise dues to the formula suggested by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

“Dissatisfaction among teachers has grown due to the existing pension schemes. These include the Provident Fund with a 7.5% deduction and the Retirement Benefits Authority, which ideally should provide pensions within 90 days,” Munuhe stated.

Addressing the complexities of the pension system, the KNUT chairman outlined three primary schemes, each presenting its distinct challenges.

He emphasized the importance of transparent and consistent pension procedures and recommended holding the employer accountable in court if necessary, citing Article 27 of the Constitution.

Apart from pensions, the spotlight has been on the stagnation of teachers’ promotions and the Comprehensive Basic Education (CBC) reforms.

The union is passionately advocating for a comprehensive overhaul of the Code of Regulations for teachers.

Munuhe asserted, “We are underlining the need for clarity in our roles and responsibilities within the evolving educational landscape.”

Teachers’ frustration has been exacerbated by the disparity in house allowances across municipalities.

Shifting to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Munuhe underscored the proposal’s lack of credibility and its failure to address teachers’ needs.

The union has taken a stand, refusing to sign the documents until their agreement with the President is satisfactorily fulfilled.

In an endeavour to find common ground, the KNUT leadership is planning to further engage with government representatives.

Despite ongoing tensions, teachers remain resolute in their determination to secure fair compensation and improved pension conditions.

The assistant Executive Secretary of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) in Trans Nzoia County Mr. Martin Wafula, took issue with the insurance firm Minet over its policy that prohibits hospital admissions.

“Teachers are finding it rough when seeking medication for serious cases that require hospital admissions, where the insurance firm insists on outpatient,” said Mr. Wafula.

By Osborne Benn

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