Mwingi West MP, Charles Nguna, has brought attention to the pay discrepancy of qualified teachers under the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in their careers.
In a formal petition to Parliament on Wednesday, August 16, Nguna highlighted a disparity in salaries ranging from Ksh25,000 to Ksh36,000 among teachers.
Nguna’s argument centers around almost 1,000 educators trapped in this issue, stemming from developments preceding the 2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between Teachers and their employer, TSC.
These teachers underwent interviews for senior graduate teacher positions and subsequently were assigned to serve as headteachers within Job Group M (now called Job Group C5) in 2018.
However, post the ratification of the 2017 CBA, these teachers did not progress to higher job groups, wherein their counterparts received higher remuneration.
“The colleagues who underwent identical interviews and became headteachers prior to the July 2017 CBA are now categorized under Job Group D1 and are receiving higher salaries,” Nguna pointed out.
“Both groups of teachers possess similar qualifications, share the same job group, fulfill identical responsibilities, and confront similar challenges, yet their earnings and benefits differ.”
Nguna underscored the existence of inconsistencies wherein some senior graduate teachers have been appointed as headteachers while others possessing the same qualifications are still in Job Group C5 instead of Job Group D1.
The parliamentarian also observed that these affected individuals were not considered during the recent TSC promotion drive involving 14,738 teachers or the promotion plans for 12,634 educators.
“The teachers are grappling with a sense of discrimination due to these concerns, causing a decline in their morale as they diligently perform their duties,” the petition further highlighted.
“The teachers have made their best efforts to address and resolve the matter, but there were no satisfactory responses or action. The efforts include individual letters to TSC seeking fair remuneration and engagement with Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to intervene.” for fair compensation and engagement with KNUT for intervention.”
Nguna is asking Parliament to compel the TSC to review the salaries and benefits of the affected teachers while retroactively applying these adjustments from 2018, when they were assigned these roles.