The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is the body responsible for hiring, firing and promoting teachers in the country.
It is also responsible for paying teachers and regulating their behavior based on agreed code of conducts.When it comes to payment, the commission has punished lots of teachers by it’s almost unpredictable payment pattern particularly on the months of December and January.
In the month of December, the commission pays teachers quite early, actually by 22nd or 23rd, the December salary is already deposited on the accounts of each TSC teacher.
And don’t forget, this is the salary made to take you upto the end of January and it is deposited during the Christmas and New year celebrations.
Balancing of those figures has been tricky to some teachers and before we get to January date 10, they are already running on zero bank balances.
Now, the other sad bit comes in on the Month of January. Instead of TSC depositing the January salary by date 22 or 23 of January as they did for December, the commission delays upto almost date 27 or 29.
So how does this delayed and unpredictable dates of payment affect teachers?
Due to the harsh economic times, most teachers have enrolled to digital lenders and soft bank loans which are applied and payed through the phone basically monthly.
Once it is due date, this lenders and bank loans apply a rollover fee if the loan is not paid. And in most cases, teachers pay the loans and borrow again to push over the month.I hope by now you can get the picture of what am driving at.
On December, the teacher paid for a digital loan on 22nd and took another monthly loan which is to be paid on 22nd of January. But by date 22nd, TSC has not yet paid. That means the teacher will have to pay more than the loan interest due to the rollover charges.
Now tell me, what will be the financial status for a teacher who is servicing more than three or four of such loans?
It means the teacher my have to part ways with thousands of shillings as rollover fee, just because TSC failed to pay Early like the previous month.