Teachers are among the civil servants who will smile all the way to bank in president Uhuru Kenyatta’s last budget of 3.31 trillion.
According to highly placed sources, Teachers Service Commission(TSC) will receive an extra of 15 billion for the financial year 2022/2023 with sources further revealing that the money is meant for pay rise and hiring of more teachers.
The allocation of an additional Sh14.9 billion to the TSC, has seen its budget rise to Sh296.6 billion from Sh281.7 billion this year.
A member of the National Assembly Education Committee yesterday revealed that the additional funding is to appease teachers who are unhappy and that the government would want to do something about it on an election year.
The salary boom has been announced when it is least expected after the teachers’ Unions signed a non-monetary 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) which angered many teachers across the country. It is important to note that the budget above is subject to parliamentary approval.
The CBA was signed between the commission and three unions; Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) on July 13, 2021.
Currently, chief principals who head Institutions in National and Extra County Schools with over 1000 students are the highest paid teachers. They fall under grade D5. The lowest paid chief principal takes home Sh131,380 while the highest earner in this group pockets Sh157,656 per month.
Lowest earning teachers are those under Grade B5 (T- Scale 5) and teaching primary school. These teachers take home between Kshs 21,756 and Ksh 27,195.