OUR TAKE

Teaching has for a long time been accorded the title of a “noble” profession by many Kenyan communities. This was largely attributed to the fact that teachers were seen not only as instructors, but more as those who shaped the future of the next generation and society at large.

It only follows then that those practicing the profession deserve a fair wage, what with the ever rising living costs alongside inflation. For almost two decades now, the government and the autonomous teacher’s employment body, KNUT, have been in talks that have seen a significant increase in the salary of teachers over the years.

The current impasse between KNUT and the government is a subject of much contradiction, ego-stance and unwavering positions from both sides. Is it possible then to find a balance between what we can afford to sustainably pay the teachers, amicably resolving the current situation? Are we, as a nation, hypocritical in our approval of high wages for politicians while we refuse to stand behind the teachers’ demands?

The reality is that we must continue to put faith in our leaders with the hope that they will find middle ground and resolve the pay-rise issue. Should they fail in this regard, shall we as citizens with concern, take position and hold accountable either party for the void and economic gap the impasse has created?

It is not possible to take strong positions with this matter as it is, being that it is before our courts. But we do hope that our esteemed profession shall be salvaged from the throes of chaos, and that our teachers shall soon return to the classrooms to continue imparting knowledge and shaping our society’s future.


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