Public universities are struggling to pay their lecturers and non-teaching staff their last month’s salaries after the National Treasury failed to release capitation on time.
UASU Secretary General Constance Wasonga said most universities have not paid their academic staff members their May salaries, a trend he said has been there for the last two months.
He said the government only pays 70 per cent of the salaries with universities expected to top up the 30 per cent.
UASU has been demanding full implementation of the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The universities have been implementing the CBA in their own way against a court order and have occasioned huge arrears. Their staff have been demanding that they release the salary arrears.
It say that only seven universities out of 35 are paying their lecturers according to their correct scales.
The seven are South Eastern, Kenyatta, Taita Taveta, Cooperative, Koitalel Samoei, Dedan Kimathi, and Kirinyaga.
“As we speak now, several public universities including Kenyatta, Moi, Kisii, Egerton and Jomo Kenyatta have not paid our members their May salaries while other public servants have already received their pay. What is not happening,” posed Wasonga.
Wasonga said they are also concerned about the reduction of capitation in all public universities and wanted to know why there was variation in the release of capitation, which was affecting operations in the higher institutions of learning.
A group of dons from various public universities yesterday sent congratulated President-elect William Ruto.
“We are optimistic that Dr Ruto, being an academic giant himself, will urgently and effectively put in mechanisms to rescue public universities languishing in choking debt,” said Dr Nyaberi Mogaka in a speech by the lecturers.
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