KUPPET is in Talks with Ruto Over Pending Bills, Promotions
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers now wants the government to pay pending bills that it owes teachers.
National chairman Omboko Milemba confirmed that KUPPET is currently in talks with President Ruto to have Sh100 billion raised towards settlement of pending bills owed to teachers.
Milemba was speaking on Saturday at St Columbans High School in Kitale during the Kuppet annual general meeting.
According to Milemba, the Teachers Service Commission needs to review the 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement to have teachers promoted.
“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.
Teachers in job group B1 currently earn a basic salary of Sh24,250.
Should the recommendations go through, teachers in job group D5 will get a pay rise of up to Sh89,016.
This implies that the highest paid teacher will earn Sh237,376 from the current Sh148,360.
The KUPPET chairman also asked the government to appoint the National Health Insurance Fund as Teachers insurance medical scheme.
“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.
Milemba said beneficiaries and their family members had undergone untold suffering.
Currently, AON Minet offers medical insurance to teachers and their families.
Milemba asked the TSC to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the NHIF to start providing medical services to teachers.
“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 legislator said it was ironical for NHIF to offer a comprehensive package to some civil servants while teachers get services from AON Minet.
Trans Nzoia Lands executive Jeany Mutama who is also Kuppet assistant treasurer pledged the county government’s support in the economic empowerment of teachers.
Environment, Water and Climate change executive Patrick Gacheru called on the teachers not to be left behind in increasing the country’s forest cover.
Public Works executive Jackson Wanyungu challenged the teachers leadership to unite to achieve their expectations.
“The county government looks at you as residents with rights to participate in issues and principles of governance,” he said.
Education and Vocational training executive Julie Kichwen who represented Governor George Natembeya said Early Child Development Education caregivers will be hired on permanent and pensionable terms.
She said funds had been set up for an enhanced bursary scheme to help bright but needy children.
“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.