The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers is now requesting payment from the government on teachers’ outstanding debts.
Omboko Milemba, the national chairman, revealed that KUPPET is now in discussions with President Ruto to raise Sh100 billion for the settlement of outstanding teacher debt.
During the Kuppet annual general meeting on Saturday at St. Columbans High School in Kitale, Milemba spoke.
Milemba claims that in order to elevate teachers, the Teachers Service Commission must revise the 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“The five years CBA will quantify promotions for deputy principals, head of departments and acting principals who had worked for long without pay,” he said.
Currently, the basic pay for teachers in job group B1 is Sh24,250.
A pay increase of up to Sh89,016 will be given to teachers in job group D5 if the suggestions are approved.
As opposed to the current Sh148,360, this suggests that the highest paid teacher will earn Sh237,376.
The National Health Insurance Fund should be designated as the Teachers Insurance Medical Scheme, according to the KUPPET chairman’s request to the government.
“The government should have in the first place allowed several medical insurers to offer services to teachers than having them locked to one,” he said.
According to Milemba, recipients and their families had experienced excruciating anguish.
Teachers and their families can currently get medical insurance from AON Minet.
Milemba requested that the TSC and the NHIF sign a memorandum of understanding so that teachers can begin receiving medical care.
“NHIF being a government body should not be challenged by private insurance providers to offer services to teachers and any other government worker,” he said.
The lawmaker argued that it was ironic for NHIF to provide some civil officials with a comprehensive package while providing services to teachers through AON Minet.
The executive of Trans Nzoia Lands and assistant treasurer of Kuppet, Jeany Mutama, promised cooperation from the county administration for teachers’ economic development.
Patrick Gacheru, executive for environment, water, and climate change, urged teachers to join in on efforts to expand the nation’s forest cover.
Jackson Wanyungu, an official with Public Works, urged the leadership of the teachers to work together to meet their goals.
“The county government looks at you as residents with rights to participate in issues and principles of governance,” he said.
Early Child Development Education caregivers will be hired on a permanent basis and be eligible for pension benefits, according to Education and Vocational Training Executive Julie Kichwen, who was Governor George Natembeya’s representative.
She claimed that funds had been set up for an improved bursary program to aid gifted but underprivileged kids.
“Funds for capitation of vocational training have also been set aside in the supplementary budget to help learners who complete vocational training to have start-ups,” she said.