Court orders 50-60pc pay increase for teachers

The Industrial Court has ordered the government to pay teachers a basic salary increment of 50-60 per cent.

The raise is due from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017 and should take effect immediately, the court ruled on Tuesday.

Judge Nduma Nderi also confirmed the allowances that had been offered to teachers by the Teachers Service Commission, including leave, house and commuter allowances.

Judge Nderi said he was optimistic that the decision would end the regular teachers’ strikes and bring order between TSC and the unions.

The leadership of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) lauded the labour court for the ruling.

Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion called the ruling the beginning of teachers' liberation.

However, his Kenya Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) colleague Akello Misori insisted the ruling was not the end of teachers' struggle for better packages.