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Here’s the TSC’s Christmas ‘gift’ to teachers

Christmas has come early for more than 250,000 teachers after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Friday announced that it was preparing to release their September pay, which had been withheld.

TSC faulted media reports suggesting that it had moved to the Court of Appeal to contest a directive by Attorney General to pay the salaries that had been withheld after the teachers went on strike in September.

“Following the advisory opinion by the Attorney General, the Commission embarked on the preparation of the September payroll for the more than 250,000 teachers who did not receive September salary,” read a statement from TSC.

“Ordinarily, TSC payroll takes time to prepare because of the large number of employees and third party commitments involved. This process is ongoing and once it is completed, teachers will be informed on when to expect the September pay in their bank accounts.”

WITHDRAWAL OF COURT CASES

The commission said it did not file any case or appeal after the Attorney General’s Advisory opinion.

“The Commission has neither disregarded the intervention of the President nor violated the agreement arrived at by the parties,” it added.

“In fact, TSC and the unions have started exploring the option of withdrawing all court cases on industrial issues in favour of negotiations. That was one of the agenda during a meeting with the two teachers unions on 25th November 2015.”

TSC appealed for patience from teachers as it makes the “necessary arrangements” to prepare and process payment for the month of September.