The Teachers Service Commission is mandated to register and employ teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. The hired teachers are posted to public schools to implement the curriculum and other educational programmes designed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. The Commission pays teachers salaries and allowances which are way below the roles and responsibilities played by tutors. Teachers play a critical role of imparting knowledge and skills in learners. Besides,they help in character formation by inculcating the right values in their clients to become responsible citizens. Teachers therefore expect their employer to remunerate them handsomely for the work they do. All teachers have been looking forward to an enhanced package from July this year as the new Collective Bargaining Agreement takes effect.
The National Treasury has frustrated the teachers by rejecting the kshs 68 billion request for salary rise for teachers and Civil Servants. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission had demanded the colossal amount from government to effect salary increment starting July 1st. The teachers dreams for salary increment have been shattered by government after Treasury declined to approve the demand by SRC owing to the huge wage bill that the Jubilee government is grappling with. The external financiers have put pressure on government to tame the ballooning wage bill in an effort to cut down on government's recurrent expenditure. Treasury has indicated that only Kshs 8 billion of the kshs 68 billion requested is available.
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