TSC is in trouble as Lawyers threaten law suit over low pay for Intern teachers

TSC CEO- Dr. Nancy Macharia
TSC CEO- Dr. Nancy Macharia. A group of Lawyers has written to TSC demanding answers on Intern teachers' pay and engagement terms.

A group of Lawyers has written to the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, to seek answers on the terms of engagement for the Intern teachers. The Lawyers from Mugeria, Lempaa & Kariuki Advocates want the Commission to explain how it arrived at the Sh10,000 and Sh15,000 that it intends to pay the Primary and Secondary Schools Inters; respectively.

“This letter is in relation to the contracts employing teachers in the Republic of Kenya. Specifically, we are aware that you are paying primary school teachers Kshs. 10,000 and high school teachers Kshs. 15,000,” the Lawyers wrote in a letters dated December 2, 2019 and addressed to the TSC boss Dr Nancy Macharia.

“Specifically, we would like your commission to provide to us the following information: The rationale that was used to arrive at Kshs. 10,000 and Kshs. 15,000 for primary and high school teachers respectively as remuneration,” the Lawyers added.

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The teachers’ employer is currently recruiting a total of 10,300 intern teachers who are expected to report to schools in January, 2020. The exercise was marred by low turnouts in some recruiting centres as interns stayed away citing low pay and ‘unfair’ contractual terms from TSC.

According to TSC, the intern teachers are to be employed for a contract period of one year. The Commission is not clear on whether it will then employ them on Permanent and Pensionable terms as it happened to the contracted interns in 2010.

But now, the Lawyers wants the Commission to explain Whether in arriving at the above stated amounts it consulted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The Lawyers wonder ‘why teachers who are as qualified as permanently employed teachers are subjected to such low salaries,’ adding that they may take legal redress on behalf of the interns.

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