22 April 2014

Kenya: Teachers Threaten Strike Over Budget

TEACHERS have threatened to down tools should the government fail to include funds for promoting 53,000 of them in the next budget. Kenya National Union of Teachers now claims that the Teachers Service Commission has been allocated only Sh163 billion in the proposed 2014-15 financial year budget.

Mombasa county Knut secretary general Dan Aloo issued the warning on Saturday during the closing ceremony of the national term one games for secondary schools at Shanzu Teachers Training College.

"This year's proposal has allocated only Sh163 billion for recurrent expenditure indicating that the agreeable Knut and TSC estimate of Sh199 billion has not been honoured. We want the parliamentary committee, the Treasury and the ministry of Education to correct the anomaly in advance," he said.

Aloo said out of the total, Sh4.8 billion is meant for the employment of ECD teachers Sh6.6 billion for promotion and annual salary increments, Sh5.7 billion for commuter allowance and Sh18.6 billion for employment of new teachers to address the shortage that currently stands at 120,0000.

The teachers demanded a reflection of the deficit in the budget so that the Treasury can give the TSC Sh33 billion to facilitate promotions and employment of ECD teachers.

"We want to categorically state that it will not be business as usual once we realise that the government is reneging on its promise of promotion of teachers and employment of ECD and other teachers," Aloo said.

Aloo, who donated Sh30,000 and three trophies to winning teams at the event, questioned why the deal is taking too long yet it had been discussed by both the TSC and Knut and concluded.

"We are shocked that the TSC does no fulfill promises it makes with teachers. We are also not very happy with the way the Treasury is so slow in giving TSC funds so that the deals between teachers and the commission can be fulfilled," he said.

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