Teachers will now enjoy fully-paid lengthened maternity and paternity leaves among other benefits following the signing of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and trade unions.
The new CBA, which came into effect on July 1, 2021 will run till June 30, 2025. The agreement will see teachers benefit from an extended maternity leave from 90 days to 120 calendar days and paternity leave from 14 to 21 days.
As part of the agreement, TSC will also prioritize the transfer of teachers married to each other to appropriate geographical areas to promote family values; promote those serving in Arid and Semi-arid lands and hard-to-staff areas holding administrative positions progressively; and utilize alternative dispute mechanisms to solve grievances.
“We shall work round the clock to improve your terms of service and reward teachers excelling in sports, innovation, research and theater,” said Dr Nancy Macharia, CEO, TSC.
The deal was struck following two meetings between the TSC and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) immediately after the expiry of the 2017/2021 CBA.
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