Teachers in Kenya will soon be granted improved maternity and paternity leave with full pay, Teachers Service Commission boss Nancy Macharia announced on Tuesday.
New mothers will now be entitled to 120 days of maternity leave instead of the legal 90 days, while fathers will have 21 days of paternity leave instead of the current 14 days, she added.
Teachers Services Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Nancy Macharia made the announcement in a Feb. 10 notice as she urged teachers to apply for the leave through the Human Resources Management Information System. .
Teachers are now also entitled to 45 days of pre-adoption leave.
Maternity leave begins on the date of delivery and the teacher would not lose her annual leave due to taking maternity leave.
For male teachers, their paternity leave begins during the duration of their spouse’s maternity leave. Pre-adoption leave begins on the date of the adoption.
The extended leave was introduced in the 2021-2025 collective agreement that the teachers’ unions signed with TSC last year.
The deal, however, was not well received by teachers as it lacked a monetary component following the expiration of the previous deal which saw teachers benefiting from Ksh 54 billion (Ksh 475.1 million). dollars) spread over five years.
“The Code of Regulations for Teachers (2015) read in conjunction with the CBA (2021-2025) contains specific provisions for maternity, paternity and pre-adoption leave,” Ms Macharia said.
“According to these provisions, all teachers are only entitled to one leave at a time. The purpose of this circular is to inform you of the changes that entered into force on July 1, 2021.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Post-Primary Teachers Union (Kuppet) are trying to renegotiate the CBA with the TSC but have remained wary of progress in the talks.
Last month, Kuppet gave the TSC 21 days (which passed last week) to give them an answer or else they would call a nationwide strike that could disrupt national exams scheduled for next month.