As a result of inequitable distribution, the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is advocating for an increase in the housing allowance for teachers. On January 25, KUPPET SG Akelo Misori addressed the press and urged the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to standardize teacher compensation throughout the nation.
As for the urgency of the debate between the teachers’ employer and the union, Misori pointed out that the allowances have been in existence since 2012, but the amounts are not practical. A dwelling allowance of Ksh3,500 for a teacher in Nairobi, he said, would simply push instructors to live in slums, which is unfair.
The SG said that protests were not the answer and that the union will use a genuine strategy instead. Moses Nthurima, deputy secretary-general of KUPPET, agreed that the payments were an insult to the teachers’ professionalism. He went on to say that SRC has to look at the economic index since the purchasing power of Ksh6,000 10 years ago is not the same as it is now.
While an SRC circular made clear that these payments were intended for all public servants, KUPPET maintains that the amount should be standard throughout all regions. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has been asked to give specific statistics on the number of teachers who have stagnated in the same job categories for years, thus this is not the first time KUPPET has expressed concerns.