Scrap Teacher Internships: KNUT Urges TSC to Resolve Employment Dispute

Today marks the start of the second week of the nationwide work boycott by the 46,000 Junior Secondary School (JSS) intern teachers, with unions supporting the teachers and urging the government to end the impasse.

Collins Oyuu, Secretary-General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), along with Akelo Misori, his counterpart from the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education (Kuppet), cautioned that the strike could disrupt learning in Grades Seven and Eight.

Interns assigned to regular primary schools earn Sh15,000, while those in JSS receive Sh20,000, which they argue is insufficient.

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According to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), a newly employed JSS teacher earns Sh34,955 monthly, along with a Sh5,000 commuter allowance, a house allowance ranging from Sh16,000 to Sh8,133 based on the workstation, and applicable hardship allowances.

Over the weekend, Oyuu emphasized in Nyeri County that TSC should discontinue the employment of teachers as interns, in line with the High Court’s directive to abandon this arrangement and hire teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.

He called on MPs and education stakeholders to intervene and resolve the impasse for the benefit of both teachers and learners.

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“The employment of teachers as interns should have not taken place and we are in agreement with the High Court,” Mr Oyuu said in Nyeri County at the weekend.

Scrap Teacher Internships: KNUT Urges TSC to Resolve Employment Dispute

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