Joy that teachers in certain places will soon earn generous hardship allowances.
Excitement that teachers in these locations would receive generous hardship allowances
Current TSC news. Allegations that not all teachers in the Taita Taveta District received hardship funds have prompted senators to launch an investigation.
The Senate has been urged by the Taita Taveta branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to rule that all county teachers are entitled to hardship allowance.
Dated July 13, 2021, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Teacher Service Commission,
All county teachers are given a hardship allowance by KNUT, the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers.
Despite Legal Notice No. 534 of 1997 and the collective agreement of 13 July 2021, the Taita Taveta branch of KNUT claims that not all teachers in the district receive hardship allowance.
The association claims that TSC only offers hardship allowance to teachers in Voi and a small portion of Mwatate sub-district, leaving out many other areas.
He gave the areas the name Taveta Subdistrict.
Mbololo High School, the Ronge area of Mwatate Sub-County, the Voi Sub-District’s John Mark Mwanjumwa Secondary School, and Taita Sub-District.
The union claims that teachers in these areas require subsidies to shield them from the unrest brought on by stray animals roaming the Tsavo National Park, sky-high water rates, and difficult access to highways.
Additionally, there is a scarcity of rental accommodation close to schools in these locations, and instructors are overworked as a result of a labor shortage.
Due to a shortage of medical facilities, teachers, according to the organization, face high medical bills.
Additionally, a lack of network coverage might result in a loss of communication.
According to the petition, notwithstanding their similarities, specific districts of the Taita Taveta District should not be treated differently while receiving hardship benefits:
environmental factors, topography, security, and social facilities.
According to the petition, despite their shared traits, certain Taita Taveta District districts shouldn’t receive hardship benefits:
topography, security, social media, and climate. The organization claims that faculty shortages are caused by their reluctance to accept teaching posts in places that do not eligible for hardship grants.
The union requests that the Senate urge TSC to impartially provide hardship payments to all Taita Taveta District teachers.