Last Updated at: 2020-06-18 12:39:32
Board of management (BOM) and private schools teachers have Joined Hands to form Kenya National Union of Private School Teachers (KNUPST), a union that will air their Grievances and Cries. BOM and Private school teachers have protested failure by their employers to pay them salaries since March following closure of learning institutions amid Covid-19.
Kenya National Union of Private Schools Teachers (KNUPST) Secretary General Dan Khasiani said teachers in most private schools are suffering since institutions stopped remitting salaries months ago. He regretted that majority of private schools have turned their backs on their own teachers. He regretted that the issue is set to get worse since there will only be a gradual re-opening of schools starting September 2020, adding that the government should as a matter of urgency provide an economic stimulus package so teachers can sustain themselves and their families.
“By the time schools open, these teachers shall have gone for six months without a salary! This shall therefore mean that these teachers shall lack basic needs for all that duration,” said the Secretary General.He said despite producing the top students in the national exams over the years, private school teachers and their colleagues in board of management work very hard, horrendous and difficult conditions.
Already private schools have appealed to the government to provide them with grants of about Sh7 billion in order to sustain their wage bills of over 288,000 teaching and non-teaching staff which KNUT Secretary General Mr Wilson Sossion termed as illogical, absurd and an act of violation of Government act to provide children with free primary education. Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) chief executive Peter Ndoro had earlier stated that, lack of liquidity has heavily impeded schools' ability to meet critical monthly commitments.
KNUPST is now expected to fight for the rights of our BOM and private teachers as required by the Labour Laws and Employment Act of Kenya. Part of these strategies will factor in; clear terms of work by signing of contracts, unwarranted dismissal from job, conducive working environment for its members, delayed payments, standard minimum wage, provision of house and commuter allowances, provision of gratuity when one is dismissed or resigns and defining Normal Working hours.
Statistics shows that there are over 10,400 private primary schools with a population of 2.14 million children, and over 1,627 private secondary schools with a student population of 271,618 children totaling to over 2,400,000 children in private schools with a constant population growth at all levels over the last 5 years.
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