Capital FM (Nairobi)

11 July 2013

Kenya: TSC to Start Firing Striking Teachers

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Kenyan teachers defy court order as the strike continues.

Nairobi — The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is now threatening to sack all striking tutors who have remained out of class for the past three weeks.

TSC Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Lengoiboni made the revelation after he struck a Sh16 billion deal with the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).

Lengoiboni directed County Education officers to take roll calls and take disciplinary measures against those who remain on strike.

He stated that the commission will advertise positions of 10,000 teachers to replace those who will have been sacked.

"For those teachers who will not have gone back to teach, I am directing that the county directors take immediate disciplinary measures against them and for those who are not happy with the teaching profession by encouraging others not to go on teaching, you can be dismissed," he stated.

He pointed out that many teachers are languishing in poverty due to a lack of jobs and they will fill the void.

"We know here at the commission the schools that have continued to teach, those that the teachers just come to sign the register and as at now, we have not taken any action on anyone because our aim is to end this strike," he said. "When the strike ends, then we can come to an agreement."

"That is the mandate of the TSC since there are many teachers out there who would like to be employed and that will be indicated especially when we advertise for jobs this month of July," he said.

"We know here at the commission the schools that have continued to teach, those that the teachers just come to sign the register and as at now, we have not taken any action on anyone because our aim is to end this strike," he said. "When the strike ends, then we can come to an agreement."

During the occasion, Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi lauded KUPPET for using dialogue to address teachers' grievances and urged KNUT to follow suit.

"I use the words selfless negotiations by KUPPET. TSC is an employer of all teachers whether KUPPET or KNUT and therefore it is in the interest of all concerned to ensure that all issues are addressed," he said.

Kaimenyi described the process as selfless since it covered teachers both in KUPPET and KNUT.

"What KUPPET has done is very unique and also taking into account what was going on, these people have agreed not only to negotiate on their behalf but also for their sister union. So please let us see it in a positive light and that is the way we should all go," he stated.

The parties agreed to fully harmonise the commuter allowance payable to teachers with that of civil servant.

The TSC CEO stated that they also agreed to a one hundred percent increment of the current responsibility allowance with effect from July 1, 2013 for teachers in job group K and below.

He pointed out that this included head teachers, deputy head teachers and senior teachers. However those in Job Group L and above shall be subject to negotiations in subsequent agreements.

They also agreed that teachers deployed to designated special school and units shall with effect from July 1, 2013 be paid a special schools allowance at a flat rate of Sh10,000 per month.

All visually impaired teachers shall also be paid an all-inclusive readers allowance, at a rate of Sh15,000 per month.

The commission will further negotiate with and engage a credible medical insurance service provider to provide a comprehensive medical cover for teachers and will undertake to fund the promotion of teachers as per the schemes of service for teachers during the 2013/2014 financial year.

The parties also agreed that other demands relating to terms and conditions of service, will be negotiated within the framework under section 13 (5) of the Teachers Service Commission Act No. 12 of 2012.

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