Teachers issue strike threat in September over salary and allowance agreement
Written by Protus Simiyu
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Hardly a day after the government released Sh. 7.5 Billion for Free Primary Education FPE and affordable education in secondary school, the government could be under pressure again to implement the 2007 agreement between teachers and the government.
The Bungoma North branch KNUT Secretary General Seme Sunguti has warned that if the government will not honor the 2007 Legal Notice No. 534, teachers will be forced to go on strike in November this year.
He said in the legal notice, the government promised to increase teacher’s salary and also allocate allowances to them.
Mr. Sunguti urged the Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo as a lawyer to interpret the legal notice and ensure teachers get what rightly belongs to them.
He disclosed that it was agreed that teachers were to be awarded allowances based on their basic salary.
“In the agreement teachers were to receive 50 percent house allowance, 10pc commuter allowance and 50 pc medical allowances,’’ he disclosed.
Apart from the above allowances, teachers also were entitled to 500pc responsibilities allowance while pointing no single has benefited from the agreement almost five years since the agreement was signed.
“We as teachers we are not concern particularly with salary increment, but we are demanding that the government must give us our allowances before September this year,’’ Sunguti charged.
Wednesday, Finance Minister Njeru Githae said free primary education will receive Sh1.8 billion and Sh 5.1 billion will cater for free day secondary schools tuition.
5 billion shillings for secondary schools will be released in early July.
The government had initially released 79% to cater for primary schools and 49% for free day secondary education for the calendar year 2012.
In the current structure 50% is released during the first term, 30% during the second term and 20% in the third term.