In a letter to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education (KUPPET) demanded favorable medical coverage.
The union said that teachers and other important stakeholders were excluded from the current medical coverage in a statement to the media on Tuesday, October 11.
The teacher’s committee was also charged with monopolizing the choice of insurance companies.
“We cannot have teachers complaining all the time because of medical cover. The teacher is expected to go back to the classroom after seven days if they get sick,” the union’s Chairman Omboko Milemba lamented.
Over 300,000 teachers are employed by the government, so the union has requested that TSC look for alternative insurance companies to serve them.
In particular, Omboko argued that it was unfair to expect teachers to predict when they would fall sick and that it was irrational to set strict deadlines for when they may seek medical attention.
Moses Nthurima, the union’s deputy secretary general, demanded that tutors and other important parties be involved in the creation of policies.
“When this policy was implemented, the teachers were not involved despite the fact there is a law that calls for participation of key players before a policy is implemented,” Nthurima complained.
“We are demanding the involvement of teachers in the decision-making process. We ask the commission to consider the NHIF comprehensive medical cover,” he added.
The union’s requests come days after Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), suggested salary increases to help teachers cope with the growing cost of living.
“Teachers can only work if they are motivated and well paid. I propose a 60 per cent salary increment regardless of the economic status of the country,” the secretary general stated.
He urged the proposed Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) task team to include all stakeholders in his remarks during the World Teachers Day celebrations.