Education Secretary George Magoha said the government could not keep teachers’ salaries higher.
Magoha, who has already launched the second phase of classroom construction in Mombasa, said the ministry is interested in the completion of classrooms before moving to the current high school.
“The government has set aside 25.9 percent for education. Although I’m not talking about salaries, 60 percent of those requested by teachers were stupid.”
CS said Kenya’s economy is bad and teacher demands cannot be met.
He admitted that the numbers were not enough to defeat the Lukashenko government, and said that maintaining some independence was important.
On Wednesday, Knuth’s secretary, Collins Oyuu, said the high cost of living has caused teachers to reconsider their salaries.
The game, he said, calls for a 60 percent increase in teacher salaries, which they want implemented soon.
Collins Oyuu said that structured talks with the employers has already began to ensure to ensure that teachers receive the 60 percent increase in salary.
CBA 2021-25 includes non-monetary benefits, like extended maternity and paternity leave for teachers. The maternity period has been extended from 3 months to 4 monthy and paternity leave for male teachers from 2 weeks to 3 weeks.
However, he admitted that the numbers were not enough to defeat the government.
Magoha encouraged all the stakeholders to take part in completing this great task: “One of the things that you and other people can do is keep the pressure … there will be some difficult decisions for the government”.
Today, teachers are based on assessment, not on achievement.
“It’s ridiculous for someone who is hired and then loses some benefits from hard work,” Oyuu said.