Based on the proposed Government salary increment for teachers, there will be adjustments to the compensation of various job grades.
For instance, in the B5 category, the lowest-paid teacher’s current salary of Sh21,756 will increase to a minimum of Sh23,279 with a 7% increment and a maximum of Sh29,915 with a 10% increase.
Conversely, in the highest D5 grade, a teacher could earn at least Sh173,422. A 7% increase in this grade would raise the basic salary of a teacher currently earning Sh131,380 to a minimum of Sh140,577. With a 10% increase, a teacher with a current basic pay of Sh157,657 would reach a maximum of Sh173,422.
This equates to an increase of about Sh9,197 for the minimum basic pay at 7% and up to Sh15,766 for the maximum basic pay at 10%.
Teachers categorized under B5, mostly P1 teachers, are the lowest earners. Those in C1 are primarily diploma teachers who are promoted to the next grade after three years. Similarly, entry-level graduates are in C2, and they progress to C3 after three years of experience.
Advancement beyond C3 requires interviews. C4 includes senior teachers and primary deputy head teachers, while C5 comprises heads of departments. D1 covers secondary deputy principals and recently appointed principals.
Teachers in D2 and D3 include principals and deputies, while D4 and D5 encompass principals and Chief principals based on school category. Grades D1 to D5 are administrative roles. A D2 teacher can lead a Sub County school, with D3 and D4 heading County and Extra County schools, respectively.
The review aims to achieve equitable and fair remuneration within the affordability and fiscal sustainability principles.
The National Treasury allocated Sh27.7 billion for the 2023/24 fiscal year, with 44.2% (Sh9.5 billion) earmarked for the teaching service under the new proposal.
Despite the non-monetary Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between the teachers’ union and TSC, a review of basic pay was assured after SRC approval.
Inflation concerns prompted unions to advocate for salary reviews.
For instance, a D4 teacher’s current Sh118,242 salary could rise to a minimum of Sh126,519 with a 7% increase and up to a maximum of Sh156,080 with a 10% rise.
Similarly, a D3 teacher’s basic of Sh104,644 could increase to a minimum of Sh111,969 at 7% and reach a maximum of Sh138,130 with a 10% increase.
Teachers in D2, currently earning Sh91,041, could receive a minimum of Sh97,414, while a 10% increase would raise their salary from the current Sh109,249 to a maximum of Sh120,174.
For D1 teachers, an anticipated increase from Sh77,840 to Sh83,289 reflects a 7% rise, and from Sh93,408 to Sh102,749 signifies a 10% hike.
In a similar vein, C5 would witness a transition from Sh62,272 to a minimum of Sh66,631 and from their current basic salary of Sh77,840 to a peak of Sh86,625, should a 10% increment occur.
In like manner, projections indicated that C4 teachers could progress from the existing Sh52,308 to a maximum of Sh55,970 and from the current Sh65,385 to a high of Sh71,924.
In C3, salaries would ascend from Sh43,154 to a minimum of Sh46,175, and a 10% increase would propel them from Sh53,943 to Sh59,337.
Conversely, a teacher at the C2 level with a basic salary of Sh34,955 could expect a minimum of Sh37,402 and potentially rise from Sh43,694 to a maximum of Sh48,064.
As for C1, an anticipated rise from Sh27,195 to a minimum of Sh29,099 with a 7% increase and from Sh33,994 to a maximum of Sh37,393 if a 10% increase is implemented.
Teachers’ unions emphasize considering worker concerns during these economically challenging times.