KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion [Photo: The Standard]
March 1st 2021 – Tension between the teachers unions, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), may affect the already complicated learning flow in the country owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers unions have continued to create pressure by demanding new allowances for the teachers, and a review of their remuneration terms from the employer.
Separate meetings were held by the teachers in Kericho and Nakuru counties, as they seek for new allowances.
This follows KNUT’s allegations that TSC has always thwarted their efforts to negotiate and constantly goes on to make decisions individually.
KNUT Secretary general Wilson Sossion is adamant that the Union’s demands must be met .
“Teachers must earn new salaries with effect from 1st of July, through a property negotiated process,” said Sossion
In the Kericho meeting, the KUPPET demanded that TSC pay them risk allowances amid chaos and riots caused by rowdy learners in schools.
This comes as hundreds of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and KCSE examination candidates are missing from schools with the examinations set to begin in three weeks.
The situation raises fears that the candidates who might miss this year’s examinations could be more than that of last year.
KCPE and KCSE examinations will begin this month, however the form 4 examinations will continue all the way to April.