Mwalimu, what is the difference between you and the MPs you are claiming increase their salaries when they feel like? You taught me that somebody who is egoistically obsessed with himself or herself is said to be self-centred. Mwalimu, thank you for going an extra mile to explain the vocabulary with an example. It was a very good example when you decided to strike on third term when 937,467 KCPE and 525,802 KCSE candidates are waiting to sit for their exams.
Mwalimu, Over 10 million pupils in public primary and secondary schools are waiting for you in class. Some of this are from poor family backgrounds and you are their only hope. They need you to achieve their dreams of liberating their families from poverty. Mwalimu, do you want in future to see one of this kids you failed to teach at this time with a gun knocking at your door? Your salary maybe increased but there is a great danger if you will live in a society where majority are poor, and this is not out of laziness or lack of initiative but as a result of unemployment.
Mwalimu, it is 18 days since you decided to strike. The government has failed to honour a directive by the Court to pay you a pay rise of between 50-60% which is spread over four years. Over the last three weeks you have hit the headlines with a lot of humorous drama and gymnastics that you have displayed in the streets of major towns. You have danced and you have sang off key songs.
Mwalimu, on the political arena, politicians have joined the demonstrations to fight for your rights. I had decided not to exercise any skill that you taught me to criticize you but Cord’s idea to impeach Mr President has pushed me to. The Education Ministry order to have all schools closed has pushed me too.
Mwalimu, this guys led by Moses Wetangula are purporting to introduce Impeachment motion in the National Assembly to have President Uhuru Kenyatta impeached. How do you impeach a President of 44 million Kenyans because of 280, 000 Tutors? Mwalimu wa hesabu, What is the percentage of this tutors compared to our total population? I don’t know the answer since you didn’t teach mathematics very well in my days.
Mwalimu, you have been represented by KNUT and KUPPET who are demanding Ksh17billion from the government. I want you to understand that if the government decides to honour their demands, this amount will not be from Kaimenyi’s pocket or President Uhuru Kenyatta salary. This amount will be collected from our taxes. According to National Treasury, VAT will increase from 16% to 21%. The cost of living will go up and many Kenyans will suffer.
Mwalimu, bear in mind all of us are not teachers neither kids of teachers, so we are not set to enjoy the benefits. Many of the youths are also unemployed and don’t have any source of income. Many graduates are walking out of the institutions of higher learning every year to tarmac. Instead of using this 17billion for job creation, you want it for salary increment.
Mwalimu, unlike other professions you have three months holiday each year. When I look around my village, other walimus standard of living are higher above other villagers. It is Mwalimu who owns the shop, kiosk, bodaboda and M-Pesa.
Mwalimu, it is true that Doctors, lawyers and journalists who are earning three times your salary passed through your hands. Professor Kaimenyi is a professor because of you. Uhuru Kenyatta is a president because of you. Dan Muniu is a writer because of you. I celebrate and thank you for everything. You even taught me that successful people are happy when others succeed. So don’t feel bad because we are paid more. Please celebrate us because you are successful.
Actually a Mwalimu at certificate level if the government honours your demands will be earning Sh27000 and the one with a Diploma will be earning Sh57000. Mwalimu, many of your working environments are in rural areas and there are teachers’ quarters. The cost of living is cheap in that place unlike us in town centres where we pay fare at the pick hours and pay rent. So where are you taking this Sh57000?
Mwalimu, somebody told me that syllabus doesn’t change much and maybe what you are teaching right now is what you taught me four years ago and maybe what you were also taught in your days. Somehow you don’t encounter new challenges every day, your work environment doesn’t change.
Mwalimu for some of us, we need to have a high degree of creativity more than others, we have to discover new ways of telling stories and how to hunt for them. Mwalimu we ran with cameras not to win medals but to tell a story. Some of our brothers who we work closely with, chase armed gangs to keep you safe. We have put our lives in line just to keep you informed when you turn TV or Radio on.
Mwalimu, please go back to class and teach. It is a success story when you do what you do best. Back in our days, at the end of a lesson you would say “Are we together?” and later you would ask if anybody has a question or a comment. Mwalimu allow me to ask that for today.
Are we together? Anybody with question? Any comment? Leave it here!
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