23 June 2014

Kenya: Teachers Threaten to Strike for Sh5.9 Billion Pay

TEACHERS may go on strike early next month if the government will not have added Sh400 million to the Sh 5.5 billion it allocated for their salary increment and travelling allowance.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers deputy secretary general Charles Katege said the Ministry of Education forwarded a proposal of their budget to the Finance ministry. The proposal was negotiated between them and the two ministries.

Katege said the officials agreed that, to cater for the salary increment and travelling allowance, the government sets aside Sh5.9 billion. Speaking at the Kiambu West KNUT branch annual general meeting held in Limuru town last Saturday, Katege said: "We were shocked to hear the budget having allocated Sh5.5 billion instead of Sh 5.9 billion. We cannot be taken for a ride by the government. We have agreed that if by July 1, when the money will be released, the Sh 400 million will not be increased, we shall communicate to all of you to go on strike" Katege told more than 1,500 teachers.

"We sat at several sittings during the last strike, and we and the finance and the education ministries agreed on the Sh 5.9 billion budget, and in fact, we all signed that agreement. What will we tell you is going on if you will not receive what we told you has been set aside?" he said.

He was accompanied by his assistant Hesbon Otieno, Kiambu West Branch secretary Michael Muna and chairman Mwangi Mbugua. "It is not our wish to keep on going to the streets, the government should be more considerate this time round. The pupils and students need us in the school since they need education," Muna said.

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