The National Gender and Equality Commission has urged the Government to honour the teachers’ pay hike deal and avert a potential crisis that could paralyze learning countrywide.
“We are greatly concerned at what the protracted stalemate portends to the children of this country, considering that in the past, this special group has paid the ultimate collateral damage of previous industrial actions instituted in the education sector”. Said Chairperson Winfred Lichuma.
The Teachers’ Service Commission and teacher’s unions are locked in a stalemate over a proposed pay hike which TSC disputes. Last week, the Supreme Court of Kenya dismissed an application by the (TSC) seeking to bar the awarding of 50-60 percent pay rise. Teachers have threatened to go on strike if the pay hike is not implemented immediately.
NGEC says it considers the Children’s best interests in this case access to education to be of paramount importance and should not be hindered.
“It is our considered view therefore that the State must comply with the Supreme Court’s decision and take the necessary measures to ensure that learning is not disrupted” said Lichuma.