KUPPET Issues Ultimatum for SRC to Review Teacher Salaries By End of July

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is making waves, demanding that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) review teachers’ salaries by the end of July. Let’s break it down and see what’s happening!

Overburdened Teachers and High Cost of Living

Secretary General Akelo Misori of Kuppet knows the struggles faced by teachers all too well. He highlighted the heavy burden of high taxes, which in turn leads to a high cost of living for teachers. Ouch! Despite the government’s promises to increase salaries, the situation remains unchanged.

Misori passionately stated, “Kuppet demands immediate action by SRC and TSC to conclude the salary increment for teachers that has already been agreed between the union and the President. Regrettably, and despite assurances, TSC and SRC are still going round in circles even as teachers suffer the burden of increased taxes and high inflation.”

A Call for Swift Action

Misori didn’t hold back during a press conference at Kuppet offices in Nairobi. He emphasized that President William Ruto had assured the union’s National Governing Council of the government’s commitment to granting teachers a salary increase of at least 10 percent upon the passage of the Finance Bill. Exciting news, right? But hold your horses, because there’s a catch!

“We have made numerous correspondences with TSC over the review of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and when the President gave it a nod, we thought that Treasury and TSC were aware,” Misori explained. He stressed that there should be no further delay, urging TSC to meet with Kuppet to work out the increment and ensure that teachers receive their rightful salaries this month.

The Battle for Fair Salaries Continues

Meanwhile, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is making their voice heard as well. They have demanded a whopping 60 percent salary increase for teachers as per the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Collins Oyuu, the union’s secretary general, pointed out that the last salary review for teachers was back in 2016/2017.

Oyuu explained, “The teachers received the last salary increment in two phases – 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. Since the increase they were awarded was minimal, it was fully paid in two installments.” Clearly, it’s time for a more substantial increase that truly reflects the hard work and dedication of our educators.

Looking Beyond Monetary Benefits

Oyuu also highlighted the need to review the 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement, which was signed with non-monetary benefits in mind. It’s not just about the money; it’s about creating a better work environment, providing necessary resources, and ensuring that teachers receive the respect and recognition they deserve. After all, they play a crucial role in shaping the future of our nation!


In the ongoing battle for fair salaries and improved working conditions, Kuppet and Knut are at the forefront, fighting for the rights of teachers. The demands are clear: teachers need a substantial salary increase, and the agreements must be honored without further delay. It’s time for the SRC and TSC to listen, act, and give our teachers the support they need to thrive.

Let’s stand in solidarity with our dedicated educators and hope for a positive outcome that recognizes their invaluable contributions. Remember, education is the key to a brighter future, and that begins with fair treatment for our teachers!


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