The Star (Nairobi)

26 August 2011

Kenya: Retired Teachers Plead for Arrears

Teachers who recently retired appealed to the government to pay them their full package negotiated by their teachers union.

Speaking to the Star in Eldoret the retired teachers led by the Uasin Gishu chairman Simon Chepgimis said most of them were only paid 35% of the pay package being implemented in five phases. "We were entitled to the full 200% salary increment negotiated between the Kenya national union of teachers and the government as we were still serving when the pay package was agreed upon," said Chepgimis. They complained that 52,338 teachers who retired between 1997 and 2007 were not paid the arrears amounting to Sh33.4 billion.

Chepgimis complained that the Teachers Service Commission did not include them when paying teachers still in service the remaining four phases. "We had complained to the TSC before and since we were not heard, we took the matter to the court. The court ruled in our favour," said the chairman.

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