TEACHERS’ SALARIES MUST REMAIN INTACT, GOVERNMENT WARNED
The Kenyan Government has received a stern warning against any attempts to slash tutors’ salaries in Kenya.
This stern warning comes even as the Teachers Service Commission in March 2020 assured teachers that they will continue receiving their full salaries during this era of the coronavirus pandemic.
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SOSSION WARNS TSC AGAINST SLASHING TEACHERS’ SALARIES
Speaking at a press conference during the launch of the Covid- 19 education response’s report on mitigation measures and recommendations on schools’ reopening, KNUT Secretary General Mr. Wilson Sission issued a red alert to both the Government and owners of private schools regarding teachers’ salaries.
Sossion said that teachers’ salaries must remain intact at whatever cost.
“The salaries of teachers must be protected. No one, whether government or private entities, should use Covid-19 to hold the salaries of teachers,” said Sossion.
BOM TEACHERS TO WAIT LONGER FOR THEIR APRIL & MAY SALARIES
Despite Mr. Sossion’s warning, teachers employed by Boards of Management in various schools popularly referred to as BOM teachers are yet to receive their April and May salaries.
“That ruthless principal halted our salaries. Right now, I cannot even pay my bills. I have kids who need to eat, rent, electricity, and water bills to pay,” confided one teacher who sought anonymity.
Most BOM teachers do not understand how schools cannot pay their salaries. What even worries them more is the uncertainty surrounding the schools’ reopening date.
According to the preliminary report presented by the covid-19 education committee, BOM teachers may wait longer for their salaries since reports emerged that most schools were yet to receive full Government funding by the time schools were shut in Mid-March.
If the Ministry of Education adopts the committee’s report, most BOM teachers especially those working in public schools are likely to receive their salaries in September when the Government will release the remaining funds for public schools.
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PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES’ STAFF DECRY IMMINENT PAY CUTS
Teachers are not the only ones affected. In mid-May reports of university lecturers and workers likely to clash with their employers over salary cuts emerged. Egerton and Kisii Universities for instance announced salary cuts amounting up to 30-40 percent on grounds that they had not received money from the National Treasury after all learning institutions were shut down.
Egerton University Vice-chancellor Rose Mwonya defended the move saying that the institution could not generate enough funds in the wake of the pandemic.
FAIRMONT NORFOLK HOTEL CLOSES, SACKS ALL EMPLOYEES
The partial closure of the economy in Kenya has greatly many sectors besides education. Tourism, hotel, and aviation sectors have been adversely affected. On May 27, 2020, The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel-an icon closed indefinitely and fired all workers in salary row sparked by the pandemic.
Through a memo to all staff dated May 27, the manager Mehdi Morad said they had closed the Nairobi-based iconic hotel and another outlet in Mara due to reduced profits in the wake of the coronavirus disease which had made it difficult for the hotel to meet employees’ salary demands.
Details emerged that the employees had declined a proposal to remain on unpaid leave during the pandemic and demanded a 50 percent pay.