MP questions delayed payment of pension and death gratuity to teachers

Marakwet West MP Timothy Toroitich

Marakwet West Member of Parliament (MP) Timothy Toroitich has raised queries over delayed payment of pension and death gratuity to teachers by the government.

Speaking in the parliament, Toroitich pointed that the retired teachers have been through significant financial strains due to the extended delays in disbursing pension payments.

He said the former tutors were dedicated in shaping the nation’s future, calling the situation of failing to pay them disheartening and an undervaluation of educators’ contributions to society.

The legislature formally requested for a Statement from the chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning regarding the prolonged delay in the payment of pensions and death gratuity to teachers.

Toroitich wants the Committee to provide detailed information on the number of deceased teachers who have not yet received their pensions and death gratuities.

The MP also sought a comprehensive statement outlining the specific reasons behind the delays and the measures taken to expedite the processing and release of dues for ex-teachers and if they are aware of the status of their pension payments and death gratuity.

The dependents of a teacher who dies in service are entitled to death gratuity and dependents pension if the teacher was serving on permanent and pensionable terms and was confirmed in the service.

By Obegi Malack

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