Relook into Maternity CBA Tops KUPPET’s Demands to Machogu
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has asked Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu to relook into the non-monetary Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that KUPPET signed with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Further, Kuppet wants the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) tutors be moved back to TSC. The union, during a meeting with Machogu on November 8, noted that following the transfer, the 3,780 trainers were left out of the fourth phase of CBA increments.
The following issues were discussed and are to be concluded by next month during another meeting with the PSs who are soon going to be vetted by Parliament:
- TVET Trainers to be moved back to TSC
- New CBA for teachers
- Capitation for FSE to be increased and send on time
- Management of co-curricula funds- teachers to be paid rightful per diem and given priority in sponsorship for Championships.
- Employment of teachers and trainers
- CBC- funding, involvement of teachers in decision making.
116,000 teachers to be employed within 2 years time. 30,000 in January + 3,000 TVET Trainers
“The established practice in our democratic governance since 2002 is that every president has given teachers something. President Uhuru Kenyatta gave us the CBA of Sh54 billion. We know what we want from this administration and President William Ruto should be prepared to give it to us,” said Kuppet Chairman Omboko Milemba.
Machogu assured KUPPET that the government was committed to improving the welfare of teachers.
“We are negotiating with the Teachers Service Commission on some of these issues and we expect the Kenya Kwanza government to support our request of raising teachers salaries,” said Machogu.
In 2019, Labour Court judge Nelson Aboudha quashed a decision to transfer the teachers from to PSC, ruling that TSC was the only mandated employer of teachers.
Defending the move, the then Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Kevit Desai urgued that the State was creating a new scheme of service for technical tutors.
On the CBC, the union urged Machogu to provide the necessary legal framework to ensure a smooth transition to junior secondary schools, saying the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform may not resolve the matter in two months.
However, Machogu assured that the team will provide guidance on the issue in a preliminary report next month.