MPs: Treasury, ministry ‘slept on the job’ in teachers salary row

Members of the National Assembly committee on Budget and Appropriation Thursday registered their disappointment that the Ministry of Education, Treasury, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) failed to put in place measures to respond to any outcome regarding the teachers’ pay.

They accused these State organs of doing little to come up with a solution, noting that the Government has no money at the moment.

They admitted that the pay row is a weighty matter that must be addressed expeditiously to avoid disruption of the school calendar, beginning Monday next week.

The lawmakers in pondering where the Government will get the Sh17 billion required to pay the teachers, warned the latter against ignoring the court orders, saying it can lead to anarchy and total paralysis of the education sector.

 

“National Treasury is yet to present its proposals before this committee for considerations, nevertheless members have also ventilated on it as it is a weighty matter without the requisite documents,” said Committee Chairman Mutava Musyimi (Mbeere South).

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