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Mixed fortunes as TSC releases raised salaries for teachers

TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia.
The salary increments will see some teachers walk home with hefty amounts while others will content with the little available.

It is a mixed fortune for teachers as the TSC, implements the final phase of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargain Agreement with new terms.

The salary increments will see some teachers walk home with hefty amounts while others will content with the little available.

As teachers are set to make their way to the banking halls at the end of July, some will be gnashing their teeth and in a pensive mood as it is little for them to smile about. 

The teachers’ employer embarked on the process of implementing the CBA in July 2017, with teachers in lower cadres getting salary increments in two phases; and others in four phases.

The biggest beneficiaries in the current CBA are administrators with some getting a pay hike of over 100 per cent. 

Senior principals, for instance, got a pay rise of between Sh12,728 and Sh41,632. 

The lowest-paid teacher in this category earned a monthly basic salary of Sh131,380 before the implementation of the CBA. 

These administrators will now pocket a cool Sh131,380 after July 2020. This is on top of the various allowances paid to them. 

The highest-paid Chief Principal will earn a basic monthly salary of Sh157,656 up from the Sh122,928 in 2017. This reflects an increment of Sh12,728.

The lowest-paid Senior Principal will now earn Sh118,242 from the Sh77,527 in 2017. This shows an increment of Sh40,715. The highest-paid teacher in this grade is expected to earn Sh121,890.

Principals were the greatest beneficiaries of the current increment. The lowest-paid principal received a pay hike of Sh63,054 that saw their salaries jump from Sh41,590 in 2017 to Sh104,644 after July 2020. These teachers got a percentage rise of 152 per cent.

Deputy Principals received a pay hike of between Sh25,751 and Sh42,851. The lowest-paid deputy principal is set to pocket Sh91,041; up from the Sh48,190 that they used to earn before the increments came.

The classroom teacher got a raw deal from the current CBA. For example, a secondary school teacher III at grade C1 (Formerly job group J) will earn a low of Sh27,195 and a high of Sh33,994 per month. 

The lowest-paid teacher in this group got a pay rise of only Sh2,533 while the highest earner got Sh4,076.

Things are even worse for secondary teacher 1 at grade C3 (Formerly job group L). With no promotions on sight and an increment of only Sh7,244 to Sh8,063, in four years, these teachers will hope for better tidings in the next cycle of the CBA. 

The lowest-paid teacher in this cadre will now earn Sh43,154 with the highest earner getting Sh53,943 per month.

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