All teachers are now covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) unveiled by the government on Monday after the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) signed it Thursday.
The deal safeguards allowances that have been paid to teachers in primary and secondary schools and college tutors since 2013.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), which draws the majority of its members among primary school teachers, signed the agreement on Monday.
The CBA does not raise the basic salary for both Kuppet and Knut members.
The unions have undertaken to negotiate basic salary increase with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in the next cycle that begins in July.
The Kuppet deal was signed by its secretary-general, Akelo Misori, and TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ongoing Kenya Secondary School Heads conference in Mombasa.
Mrs Macharia underscored the role of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in determining pay to teachers in the public institutions.
The agreement also provides for the protection of learners and public property in case of an industrial action by the union.
Mrs Macharia said the lack of a CBA has been behind frequent strikes in the past.
Mr Misori described the deal as a major step in teacher’s welfare saying that it means a lot to teachers and gives them hope as the process of starting a new CBA one is guaranteed.
“Much as the CBA takes care of teachers’ welfare and gives us hope, TSC should line their pockets,” he said.
Mrs Macharia insisted that the CBA provides a basis for future negotiations of CBAs between the Parties as there is now a CBA to build on and also formalizes obligation of the parties and union members to the adherence to the provisions of the Code of Regulations and the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Teachers (2015) as the primary documents in the management of teachers.
Teachers will also be appraised by their employer with a view to enhancing measurable quality teaching.