TEACHERS FROM THIS REGION WILL RECEIVE THIS ALLOWANCE BACKDATED TO JULY.
TSC news briefs. Concerning claims that not all Taita Taveta County teachers receive hardship payments, senators have opened investigations.
The Taita Taveta Branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has petitioned the Senate to declare that all teachers in the county are entitled for hardship payments.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement signed on July 13th, 2021, between the Teachers Service Commission,
All teachers in the county receive hardship allowance from KNUT, Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers.
Despite Legal Notice No. 534 of 1997 and the CBA of July 13, 2021, according to KNUT, Taita Taveta Branch, not all teachers in Taita Taveta County receive hardship allowance.
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The group claims that TSC only offers hardship benefits to teachers in Voi and a small portion of Mwatate Subcounties, leaving out many districts.
The areas were named as Taveta Subcounty.
Ronge Zone includes Mwatate Subcounty, Voi Sub-County’s John Mark Mwanjumwa Secondary School, Mbololo Secondary School, and Taita Subcounty
The organisation claims that teachers in these areas need the stipend to shield them from the unrest brought on by stray wild animals from the Tsavo National Park, sky-high water costs, and impassable roads.
It went on to say that teachers are overworked as a result of understaffing and that there is a dearth of rental homes close to the schools in the neighbourhood.
Due to a shortage of medical facilities, the organisation claims that teachers incur high medical costs.
likewise communication problems brought on by inadequate network coverage.
According to the petition, there is no rationale for paying hardship aid in a certain way to some parts of Taita Taveta County because they are similar:
climatic conditions, topography, safety, and social facilities.
According to the petition, there is no justification for providing hardship assistance to particular Taita Taveta County regions because of their similar:
temperature, topography, security, and amenities for social interaction.
The organisation claims that teachers are reluctant to take up teaching posts in places that do not qualify for hardship payments, leading to concerns with staffing in schools.
The union requests that the Senate urge TSC to grant hardship benefits to all Taita Taveta County teachers without further discrimination.