THE Teachers’ Service Commission yesterday said it cannot afford to pay teachers Sh37 billion by the end of the month. The money is to be paid before the end of July as ordered by the Employment and Labour Relations Court on June 30.
It is part of the Sh67 billion salary increase for teachers to be implemented in four phases. The TSC urged the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgement which awarded teachers a pay rise.
The government does not have the money, the TSC said. The commission said the ruling by judge Nduma Nderi, which gave 182,000 teachers an increase of 50-60 per cent, should be deferred until the case is determined.
In an application by lawyers Stella Rutto and Cavin Anyuor, the TSC said its consent to be registered in court by July 31 should be put on hold.
“The TSC risks being cited with contempt if we do not abide by the agreement by the end of the 30-day deadline,” Rutto said. She told Court of Appeal judges Mohamed Warsame, Sankale Kantai and Jamila Mohamed the TSC is ready to return to the negotiating table.
It is willing to conclude talks with the Kenya National Union of Teachers and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, Rutto said.
Anyuor said there were some issues which were not addressed by Nderi as the Attorney General had requested 90 days to consult on the salary issue.
Nevertheless, the judge gave the orders to hike teachers’ pay, he said. Currently, the lowest-paid teacher earns a basic salary of Sh16,692, while the highest, a chief principal, gets Sh94,235.
Judge Nderi said TSC is a constitutional body and it cannot shift the issue of teachers’ pay to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The hearing of the appeal continues today.