Magoha Tells Teachers Not To Expect Salary Increments
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha has told teachers that the government cannot afford their demand of a sixty per cent (60%) pay rise.
Speaking while in Mombasa where he inspected the construction of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in Changamwe and Bomu, CS Magoha revealed that the government is at the moment focused on the construction of CBC classrooms.
“As a minister, because I am not responsible for TSC, I can tell you that it is most unreasonable because His Excellency’s government, which I have been grateful to serve is spending 25.9% of the budget on education,” said CS Magoha.
Prof. Magoha also said that the country’s education sector is the most funded in Africa. Instead, he proposed reforms to be carried out in the education sector to improve the working conditions of teachers.
According to reports, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) asked for a 6% pay rise to be awarded to teachers.
The union’s secretary-general cited the high cost of living as the main reason for pushing for the revision of teachers’ salaries.
“We have begun a structured negotiation with the employer to see to it that a 60 per cent salary rise is awarded to teachers,” said Mr Oyuu.
Mr Oyuu also called for a review of the 2021-25 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which was signed non-monetary.
The 2021-2025 CBA involved non-monetary benefits and extended paid maternity leave for female teachers. The paternity leave for male teachers was also introduced.
For female teachers, the maternity leave was extended to 120 days and paternity leave to 21 days.
Among the other factors of contention include payments for the Teachers Professional Development (TPD) which teachers have vehemently opposed and a review of the criteria for promoting teachers.
Currently, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is using the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) to promote teachers.