, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – Attorney General Githu Muigai has told the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) that they should immediately pay teachers their September salaries.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Muigai stated that while the prerogative to pay teachers lay with the Commission, courts orders should be obeyed in a bid to respect the rule of law.
“Whether they chose to pay teachers or not is the role of TSC. However in this instance, the court had ordered that teachers be paid their dues and this directive needs to be followed through,” he stated
The Commission confirmed that the AG emphasized the need for them to obey the Employment and Labour Relations Court order that directed teachers be paid their September salaries without any victimisation.
TSC had sought the AG’s opinion on whether the commission has a legal basis to effect payment of salaries, as directed by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
Matiang’i also held a meeting with officials of the teachers unions on Monday in a bid to resolve the teachers pay wrangles.
Officials who were present at the Jogoo House meeting were drawn from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).
No comments were made however following the discussions as the CS walked out followed by officials from both unions who did not address reporters who had been camping at Jogoo House.
The meeting followed Matiang’i assurance Sunday that teachers will start receiving their September pay from Monday.
One of the union official told Capital FM News that they were particularly interested to know the fate of the 50-60 percent pay increment awarded to the teachers by the Industrial Court before the decision was overturned by the Appellate court.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed TSC to pay teachers their September salaries in addition to kick starting the all important negotiation within a month in order to come up with a collective bargaining agreement to be implemented within four years.
The progressive meeting was convened by President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi as KNUT and TSC officials sought to break the protracted legal and street battles between the government and teachers over pay.
President Kenyatta also ordered for negotiations between the warring parties whose results he said must be announced in a month after they withdraw all pending court cases.
President Kenyatta further urged TSC to consider payment of teachers who worked in the month of September while their colleagues were out on strike and asked that they be compensated appropriately.