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Gov’t Cannot Afford Teachers Salary Increment – Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has witnessed the signing of a contract that will pave the way for the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Nairobi to Naivasha in Kenya.

The Commercial Contract for the construction of Phase 2A of the Nairobi–Naivasha SGR was signed by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBR) Chairman Wen Gang and Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina during the Cabinet Steering Committee on SGR meeting chaired by the President.

At the meeting, visit this view http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/response.php the commercial contract for the Dongo Kundu Special Economic zone was also initialled.

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President Kenyatta had earlier presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the SGR Nairobi terminus.

The extension of the SGR will open up Naivasha – the country’s geothermal production centre – for increased economic activities, especially farming.

The Cabinet Committee meeting held at the proposed Nairobi SGR Terminus site reviewed the progress of the SGR construction project and agreed that it was on course.

Construction of the SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.

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Speaking during the meeting, which was attended by Deputy President William Ruto during the weekend, President Kenyatta emphasised the need for the contractor to increase local content in the project in terms of materials, equipment and labour.

“It is necessary that the project uses local content as much as possible and only imports when what is required cannot be obtained in the country,” President Kenyatta said.

The President also asked CRBC to train and employ many youth to ensure that the project will continue running efficiently even after it is handed over to the Government.

He said the Governments of China and Kenya, together with the contractor, must pool resources to train skilled youth who will manage and maintain the modern railway system.

“We must prepare now to ensure that after completion, we have the requisite skilled manpower to run and maintain the project,” President Kenyatta said.

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia assured the meeting that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is committed to investing Sh 1 billion for the establishment of a state-of-the-art centre that will equip the youth with technical skills to take up jobs during construction of the SGR and other major infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline.

The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretaries Adan Mohamed (Industrialization and Enterprise Development) and Prof. Judy Wakhungu (Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Attorney-General Githu Muigai, Solicitor-General Njee Muturi, Inspector-General Joseph Boinet and Kenya Railways Corporation Chairman Gen (Rtd) Julius Kianga among other senior Government officials.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has witnessed the signing of a contract that will pave the way for the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Nairobi to Naivasha in Kenya.

The Commercial Contract for the construction of Phase 2A of the Nairobi–Naivasha SGR was signed by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBR) Chairman Wen Gang and Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina during the Cabinet Steering Committee on SGR meeting chaired by the President.

At the meeting, physician http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-content/plugins/custom-facebook-feed-pro/cff_autolink.php the commercial contract for the Dongo Kundu Special Economic zone was also initialled.

President Kenyatta had earlier presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the SGR Nairobi terminus.

The extension of the SGR will open up Naivasha – the country’s geothermal production centre – for increased economic activities, cure http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-config-sample.php especially farming.

The Cabinet Committee meeting held at the proposed Nairobi SGR Terminus site reviewed the progress of the SGR construction project and agreed that it was on course.

Construction of the SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.

Local Content

Speaking during the meeting, and http://csautomation.net/wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php which was attended by Deputy President William Ruto during the weekend, President Kenyatta emphasised the need for the contractor to increase local content in the project in terms of materials, equipment and labour.

“It is necessary that the project uses local content as much as possible and only imports when what is required cannot be obtained in the country,” President Kenyatta said.

The President also asked CRBC to train and employ many youth to ensure that the project will continue running efficiently even after it is handed over to the Government.

He said the Governments of China and Kenya, together with the contractor, must pool resources to train skilled youth who will manage and maintain the modern railway system.

“We must prepare now to ensure that after completion, we have the requisite skilled manpower to run and maintain the project,” President Kenyatta said.

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia assured the meeting that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is committed to investing Sh 1 billion for the establishment of a state-of-the-art centre that will equip the youth with technical skills to take up jobs during construction of the SGR and other major infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline.

The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretaries Adan Mohamed (Industrialization and Enterprise Development) and Prof. Judy Wakhungu (Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Attorney-General Githu Muigai, Solicitor-General Njee Muturi, Inspector-General Joseph Boinet and Kenya Railways Corporation Chairman Gen (Rtd) Julius Kianga among other senior Government officials.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the government of Kenya cannot afford to increase teachers’ salaries because doing so would raise the cost of living.

While addressing the nation at State House, view http://codefor.asia/wp-includes/http.php President Kenyatta said that the current wage bill is already too much.

“At the moment, more about our public wage bill accounts for 52% of revenue, adiposity ” the President said.

“The global average for middle-income countries like us is about 35%. The public wage bill accounts for more than 10% of our Gross Domestic Product, well above the middle-income country average of about 5%,” he added.

According to Kenyatta, awarding teachers’ pay hike would set a bad precedence since the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) will be required to harmonize the new salaries with that of all other public servants.

The President said teachers were paid the same as other public servants in the same job groups.

“Based on last year’s tax revenue, our wage bill would rise from 52% to 61% revenue collected,” he noted.

“The salary of a P1 teacher, the lowest-paid, had risen from Sh7,762 in 1997 to Sh23,692 currently. For the highest-paid teacher, the salary rose from Sh35,886 in 1997 to Sh140,089 this year, he said.

Kenyatta further said teachers in public schools earn higher salaries compared to their counterparts in private schools yet, private schools perform better.

According to Kenyatta, teachers’ salaries in Kenya are higher than those of their counterparts in the region.

“Kenyan teachers earn seven times more than their counterparts in Burundi. In Uganda, the lowest-earning teacher gets an equivalent of Sh 7,600, while in Tanzania, a teacher at the same level earns Sh 15,800,” he said.

The president asked teachers to consider the interest of children and return to work and give the relevant constitutional institutions time to handle the pay dispute.

“Government is about service. I urge all teachers as parents, as public servants, and as Kenyans to reconsider their position on this matter, and to resume their duties, in the interests of our children,” Kentatta urged.

He reassured that the country has institutions, the means, and the goodwill to end this dispute and bring children back to school.

“I urge the relevant constitutional bodies to discharge their duties expeditiously, and in the best interests of our children, and the nation of Kenya,” he said.

“In consultation with relevant institutions and stakeholders, my government will do all it takes to bring a lasting solution to this perennial problem. We all have but one desire: to see our children back in school soon,” the President concluded.

The teachers’ strike had crippled education in Kenya with the government directing that both Public and private schools remain closed until further notice.

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