Given that life expectancy has come down significantly and early retirement has become commonplace for teachers, it is an issue that keeps them up at night every time they contemplate the balance of their pension plans.
After years of focusing on a career, most teachers look forward to the day when they will be able to do all the things they never had time for. To be able to survive financially, most teachers retire at the age when they become eligible for pension benefits.
However, they may choose to retire early due to several reasons. Teacher retirement age in Kenya The retirement age of teachers is not set by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), but is enshrined in law through a parliamentary act.
In 2009, the Kenyan government raised the retirement age for employees from 55 to 60 in order to keep skilled workers employed longer. The same thing applies to teachers as well.
Before the amendments, the retirement age was 55 years. At present, the retirement age has been fixed at 60 years for teachers and 65 years for people with disabilities. This was a wise decision as it allows teachers who have been in the classroom for many years to continue mentoring newly appointed teachers.
Early retirement of teachers
A teacher may choose to retire early for a number of reasons. Such teacher will have to apply in writing through the head of the institution and give a notice of three months stating the date of retirement.
After receipt of the application, the commission issues a retirement notice. After receiving the required documents, it processes the retirement claim. The claim is then sent to the Treasury’s Director of Pensions for payment.
The Teachers Service Commission allows a teacher to retire at the age of 50 years after completing ten years of continuous service on permanent and pensionable terms.
lecturer retirement age
The specific retirement age for lecturers has long been a source of controversy, with lecturers taking the matter to court through the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), accusing their employers of doublespeak on the subject. Documents presented in court by UASU proposed that the retirement age was a settlement agreement between lecturers and universities.
The UASU had previously proposed that the retirement age be raised to between 65 and 75 years, but the labor court declined, saying that raising the retirement age to 75 was contrary to public policy, which required public servants to be 60 years old.
The court argued that the proposal to change the retirement age was part of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The court refused to increase the exit age. This decision gave a huge disappointment to the old lecturers.
The lecturers were dissatisfied with the decision, claiming it was a major setback for universities and would have a negative impact on educational quality. The credibility of universities could be jeopardized by the departure of older professors, as the old dons are well versed in their service areas.