Executive Secretary for Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Yatta Branch Michael Kasimba Ngui has called on the Government to intervene and rescue teachers from loans.
Speaking to Mauvoo News, Kasimba said that most cases of suicide among teachers were due to loans that they had taken and they are unable to repay.
He noted that teachers’ salaries had not been increased and with the economy now it was hard for them to sustain their livelihoods thus causing them to boost their income with loans.
“Teachers cannot make ends meet because what we are getting as salaries can’t sustain us. We have responsibilities so we end up getting loans from banks and the interest is very high,” said Kasimba.
“Our salaries have not been increased for the last 5 years and this has been a very big thorn in the flesh because we are not able to pay up loans. The government should increase our salaries and reduce deductions,” he added.
Last week two teachers from Yatta Sub-county committed suicide. They are said to have accrued debts that they were unable to pay.
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