Muturi Pledges to Complete Implementation of 2017-2021 CBA and Arrears
The new TSC chairperson Jamleck Muturi has promised teachers that he will complete the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement, should his nomination be successfully approved by parliament. The incoming TSC chairman also promised that all the teachers who missed the final phase of the 2017-2021 CBA will get their 2017-2021 CBA arrears with effect from 1st July 2019.
Muturi’s promises come at a time when the final phase of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement has been partially implemented by the teachers’ service commission, through a divide and rule strategy. Teachers affiliated to KUPPET have received the final phase of their 2017-2021 salary agreement while those affiliated to KNUT are yet to receive their 2017-2021 CBA salary increments and arrears.
KNUT members have not received their dues due to an ongoing tussle between KNUT and TSC over a number of issues ranging from career progression guidelines to TPAD. TSC has maintained that only teachers that follow career progression guidelines, which KNUT strongly opposes, should be entitled to the fruits of 2017-2021 CBA, including teacher promotions.
Muturi, a former teacher, believes that a teacher can only work productively when motivated and therefore has declared teacher motivation his number one priority throughout his tenure. “The teacher should be motivated and able to do their mandate,” he said before the parliamentary committee on education.
Muturi, who was vetted on Thursday 8th April 2021 by the National Assembly Education Committee, also promised to ensure that teachers undergo post college training prior to their employment by the teachers’ service commission.
The vetting was led by Education Committee chair Florence Mutua and also attended by Nominated MP and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general Wilson Sossion.
Sossion sought to know how Muturi will handle the issue of delocalisation of teachers spearheaded by CEO Nancy Macharia and outgoing TSC chair Lydia Nzomo. The chairman promised to engage all parties involved and address the contentious issues