The contentious proposal from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) directing county governors to pay Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers incredibly low monthly salaries has drawn protests from the Kenya Union of Pre-Primary Education Teachers (KUNOPPET).
The Nation reported that according to the SRC’s recommendations, the lowest-paid ECDE teachers (ECDE Teacher III (Certificate)) should receive a minimum salary of Ksh. 7,836 and a maximum of Ksh. 8,717, while the highest-paid ECDE teachers (Senior ECDE Teacher I (Diploma)) should be paid a minimum salary of Ksh. 15,224 and a maximum of Ksh. 19,090.
On Sunday, KUNOPPET chairman Lawrence Otunga spoke to the media and stated that they would not tolerate nursery instructors being despised and humiliated by receiving poor pay and that they should be treated equally with other public servants.
Otunga committed to battle until a just conclusion was reached in favor of the adjustment of the pay recommendation.
Otunga also criticized Governors for not carrying out the SRC instructions, stating once more that the suggested pay could not support any individual in light of the existing financial difficulties.