Kenyan teachers have a reason to smile after the Teachers Service Commision (TSC) made a move to pay them.
More than 100,000 tutors will receive the last part of their phased pay increase in the month of July.
In a statement issued by The Teachers Service Commission the pay hike will cost Sh11 billion.
“There should be no cause for alarm since it will be paid by the end of July. As we await government directives on reopening of schools, the commission wishes to thank all teachers for the support that they have been according us. We value this partnership which has enabled us to continue serving you even under the current circumstances.
Further, we value your efforts in engaging your learners with online lessons and words of encouragement. Thank you and please continue reaching out, ” part of the statement reads.
The Teachers Service Commission boss, Nancy Macharia disclosed that grade B5 teachers currently earning a basic salary of between Sh21, 756 and Sh27, 195 will now take home between Sh27, 195 and Sh33, 994.
The implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) started in July 2017 and is set to end this financial year. This will set a new stage for new negotiations.
“Another crucial achievement is the automation of TSC services and especially the T-Pay system through which you approve and monitor your third party financial transactions,” added the statement.
According to reports, some school administrators had provided wrong information to the commission in 2017. This led to the commission promoting them by mistake. This has prompted to the recount of the administrators.
“It has been established that some of you provided inaccurate and misleading data leading to erroneous conversion. Classroom teachers were converted to grades exclusively reserved for institutional administrators, teachers serving as deputy or senior teachers were wrongly captured as head teachers while in other instances, staffing levels in terms of required administrators in a school exceeded the optimum establishment contrary to the established norms,” the TSC boss said through a circular issued to school administrators.
According to Ms Macharia, the unreliability of the data has negatively affected the commission in terms of payroll management and the process of selection, appointment and deployment of new institutional administrators.
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