The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has forwarded a proposal to the Salaries and Remuneration Communication (SRC) proposing a basic salary increase of 16% for teachers.
This comes after TSC carried out a massive teacher’s recruitment to reduce shortage of human resources in the education sector.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been deposited at the SRC and is expected to become operational as from July of 2021.
In the new CBA, teachers in the grades C4-D5 will receive an increment of 16% to their basic salary, giving relief to classroom teachers who have been earning little salaries. Although the new salaries are meager at most, it is still needful and welcome to teachers who have been longing for a salary increase to meet their daily needs.
Teachers in Grade B5-C3 will henceforth receive a salary increment of 32% if the CBA is implemented. There is also a proposed increase in house, leave, and commuter allowances, amounting to 20% each.
In a clearer perspective, this increment means that senior principals will be earning between KES 131,380 and KES 157,656. On the other hand, deputies will be receiving between KES 77,840 and KES 125,573.
While submitting the document, TSC stated that the content therein reflects collaborative and harmonized views between TSC and the two teachers unions, KNUT and KUPPET.
Last year, KNUT had submitted a request to increase teachers’ salaries by 120%, while KUPPET proposed an increase of between 30 and 70%. It now seems that TSC has fallen short of the teachers’ unions in their submission to SRC.
KNUT was quick to respond. In a letter written to SRC, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion stated that the said document was summary proposal written by TSC has anomalies. “TSC should first of all comply with the law prior to forwarding the said proposal,” Sossion said.
SRC did not waste time in responding with a negative feedback. In its response to KNUT, SRC advised the teachers union to settle their “administrative issues” with TSC. With cases in court continuing, the National Assembly will not meddle with TSC v KNUT issues. This leaves Sossion pondering what to do next.