Teachers demand implementation of CBA

Teachers are demanding implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in full even as the Teachers Service Commission released a new salary scale for tutors effective this month.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers Treasurer, John Matiang’i on Saturday claimed the TSC had refused to come up with a credible and acceptable document to appraise teachers’ performance as agreed in the current CBA.

Speaking at Nyaututu village, Bokeira location in Nyamira County, Matiang’i said TSC had virtually removed teachers from classrooms and sent them to fill Teachers Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) and National Education Management Information System (TMIS) forms at private cyber cafes.

The tools were to be replaced by another document that would save teachers the inconvenience of visiting private cyber cafes which KNUT claimed had reduced them to clerical officers.

According to the KNUT National Treasurer, the teachers wasted much valuable teaching time when internet network was low or there was lack of electricity at the cyber cafes.

Matiang’i said the teachers were dissatisfied with the non-implementation of some clauses in the CBA and policies that TSC continued to implement without prior consultations, which left them adversely affected.

The unionist revealed plans for teachers countrywide to down their tools from September this year unless their grievances were addressed.

Source: Kenya News Agency