The Deputy President elect, Rigathi Gachagua, has raised teachers’ hopes by pledging that the Kenya Kwanza government will have a forum with teachers to air their views and proposals.
“Teachers’ salaries and allowance is an issue for discussion. We must all agree that the cost of living has gone very high and teachers are not exempted from the high prices of food and other commodities. And in response, the government must take care of its teachers and the first way is to listen to them and see the cost of living can be addressed,” said Gachagua.
The DP-elect also says that they will open a forum for teachers to raise issues affecting them and would like to be addressed.
He promised an end to the teachers’ delocalization policy which he says is ruining families.
“We are where we are because our teachers played an important role in our earlier life.
Delocalization is a problem since it has destabilized teacher’s families,” added Gachagua.
Teachers across the country have changed their negative perceptions on the deputy president elect and the entire Kenya Kwanza government. A section of teachers that our team spoke to expressed will to work in the Kenya Kwanza government since their salaries will be raised, there will be no CBC, there will be no TPD, there will be no delocalization, and teachers will have one on one for a with their president and deputy president.
Knut and TSC started salary talk in July but the talks were put on hold with Knut boss Collins Oyuu saying they will be revisited after the August polls.
“We cannot sit back and watch when teachers cannot put food on the table. We will have cordial dialogue with TSC to ensure they heed our demands. We have started the process with the outgoing government and we shall have it finalised by the new government after the August,” said Oyuu.