The legal battle between the Teachers Service Commission and Kenyan teachers is expected to come to an end on Friday when the high court will rule on a case in which the teachers’ employer protested the 50-60 percent increment.
Though Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) members expect positive result from the court, chances of receiving good news are slim since the court does not have the authority to fix teachers’ salaries. High court will therefore refer the matter to TSC and salaries and renumeration commission to adjust the salaries in line with other civil servants.
In June, Justice Nderi Nduma awarded teachers 50-60 percent salary increment, which resulted to ululations and heavy celebrations in the teaching fraternity. The excitement was cut short by President Uhuru’s declaration that the government does not have money to pay them; he ordered them to go back to class, which they obeyed. TSC added salt into injury when it failed to pay them September salaries, only 40,000 out of 288,000 teachers were paid.
In the meantime, teachers will continue earning their usual salaries until further notice. Even KNUT and KUPPET will not help.