Latest updated Official Hardiship areas released by TSC after the recent review


The teacher’s employer, The Teachers service commission (TSC) reviewed the list of areas Mapped as hardship.



According to the teachers commission, payment of the hardship allowance will as from now no longer be paid to the staff working in the scrapped areas.





All the Sub-counties located in Nyandarua County have now been scrapped off completely from the list of hardship areas. Also affected are Kigumo, Murang’a, Kandara and Nyahururu Sub- Counties.


New list of TSC designated hardship

The Commission has Mapped various areas as hardship. The areas considered as hardship include all those that are prone to terrorism, famine and aridity.



As of 2012, TSC had about 38 areas approved and documented as hardship.


Currently, the teachers teaching in schools located in some parts of the following counties receive monthly hardship allowances.


  •  Garissa County


  •  Isiolo County


  •  Kilifi County


  •  Kwale County


  •  Lamu County


  •  Mandera County


  •  Marsabit County


  •  Narok County


  •  Samburu County


  • Taita Taveta County


  •  Tana River County


  •  Turkana


  • Wajir County


  • West Pokot County.






The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, pays extra allowances (hardship allowances) to teachers working in areas classified as hardship. While classifying an area to be a hardship area, the locality must meet any of the following conditions:


>Lack of or unavailability or inaccessibility to enough and quality food,


>Inadequate transport and communication network or poor road network.


>Limited and insufficient basic social services and amenities,


>Persistent harsh and unfavorable climatic conditions like flooding, landslides and drought,


>High rates of Insecurity and a big possibility of security threats.




Hardship allowance on that note is therefore paid in an effort to compensate for the cost of living for teachers working in areas designated as hardship.



As stated above, teachers working in hardship areas face a couple of challenges; ranging from lack of enough and clean water, constant flooding to hostile living conditions characterized by constant attacks from bandits.




Way back in December, 2014, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, SRC, reviewed hardship Allowances to be paid at a flat rate for all equivalent grades/ job groups.



The Commission however effectively abolished the pegging of the hardship allowance as a percentage of basic pay.




The list below summarizes the monthly hardship allowance rates that are paid to teachers working in hardship areas; per job group:




GRADE TSC SCALE FORMER JOB GROUP Hardship Allowance- in Kshs per Month


  • B5  – 6,600


  •  C1  – 8,200


  •  C2 I- 10,900


  •  C3 – 12,300


  • C4  – 14,650


  • C5 – 17,100


  • D1 – 27,300


  •  D2  – 27,300


  •  D3 – 31,500


  • D4  – 31,500


  •  D5  – 38,100

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