TSC news updates. Senators have initiated inquiries over allegations that not all Taita Taveta Countyteachers receive hardship allowances.
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 eligible for hardship allowances.
The July 13, 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Teachers Service Commission,
KNUT, Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers grants all teachers in the county hardship allowance.
KNUT, Taita Taveta Branch claimed that despite Legal Notice No.534 of 1997 and the July 13, 2021 CBA, not all teachers in Taita Taveta County receive hardship allowance.
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According to the organization, TSC only provides hardship allowances to teachers in Voi and parts of Mwatate Subcounties, leaving out numerous districts.
It designated the territories as Taveta Subcounty,
- Taita Subcounty,
- Ronge Zone of Mwatate Subcounty,
- Mbololo Secondary School, and
- Voi Sub-County’s John Mark Mwanjumwa Secondary School.
According to the union, teachers in these locations require the allowance to protect them from the insecurity created by roaming wild animals from Tsavo National Park, exorbitant water prices, and inaccessible roads.
It further stated that the areas lack rental housing near the schools, and teachers are overworked as a result of understaffing.
According to the organization, teachers face significant medical costs due to a lack of medical facilities,
As well as communication breakdowns due to insufficient network coverage.
The petition argues that there is no justification to discriminately pay hardship allowance to certain areas in Taita Taveta County due to their similar :
- security, and
- social amenities.
The petition claims that there is no reason to pay hardship allowance to specific areas in Taita Taveta County based on their similar:
- social facilities.
According to the organization, instructors are hesitant to accept teaching positions in locations that do not qualify for hardship allowances, producing school staffing issues.
The union wants the Senate to recommend that TSC provide hardship allowances to all Taita Taveta County teachers without additional prejudice.