Salary Cut for Kenya MPs to Up Teachers' Pay?
Mathira MP Ephraim Maina has suggested that all high-ranking public servants including MPs should get a pay cut to facilitate the pay rise for teachers and other state employees.
Maina said it was unfair for parliamentarians and other top civil servants to continue earning huge salaries at the expense of other workers.
“We need to be fair to all Kenyans. There is no justification as to why top civil servants and MPs continue earning huge salaries while the teachers who toil so much earn peanuts,” Maina told a meeting at his Lusoi home in Nyeri.
“At this time when the cost of living is very high how can a teacher survive on Sh15, 000 a month? We need the government to come up with proposals to solve the situation,” added Maina.
He called on fellow MPs and other highly paid civil servants to allow the government to slash their salaries, saying would be the only way to enhance equity.
“With the new dispensation, we should take every concern for all people. I urge MPs to join me and we handle this issue once and for all since after all, it is the poor people’s children who are suffering,” said Maina.
He lamented that low salaries have turned teachers to laughing stocks, since they are not even able to cater for household needs.
“It is a shame that some house helps earn more and lead more comfortable lives than teachers,” said Maina.
The legislator said he would this week raise a motion to discuss the stalemate between teachers, lecturers, doctors and the government.
He also warned Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo to swallow his pride and address the issue with the seriousness it deserves.
He said days are gone when the government or authorities intimidated and threatened their workers with sacking.
“The minister should understand that we have a new constitution which also allows oppressed workers to strike,” said Maina.
“How then can a minister claim he will sack teachers while everyone is aware that teachers have been suffering,” he asked.
Source: The Standard
Finally, someone within, not without, has seen the light! Hasn't this been the right thing to do all along? MPs have been so hang on filling their own pockets that they totally forgot that they were supposed to advocate for the citizens they represent.
Ephraim Maina has been touched by an angel and his eyes can now see! I hope the other MPs will yield...... No re-election gimmicks!
Sure, tis wat we hv been waiting and we want it to be ta song in all nations, take example of Mbeki of south Africa. MPs dont pocket and forget country at large. All MPs, follow Ephraim Maina views............ Ephraim Maina u ar the light................of kenya
At last Maina realizes the salary inequality Besides the parent, a child's teacher is the most important person in their life and this makes teaching so important. When it is done effectively, children all over the world are able to become promising and productive citizens. an unhappy teacher will not be able to deliver adequately