Teachers residing in rural areas stand to gain significantly from the recent salary and allowance review.
The revamped allowances, standardized in the latest salary adjustments, will grant teachers a salary increase ranging from 2.4% to 9.5%, effective this month, but will also encompass improved housing allowances for teachers in different regional categories.
The greatest beneficiaries of the new teacher compensation framework are the entry-level teachers, who will enjoy a substantial 9.5% salary boost. In contrast, those at the upper end will receive a 2.4% raise.
Starting this month, teachers will see a substantial increase in their paychecks, with the raises being retroactive to July.
Under the updated pay scale for teachers:
- Primary school entry-level teachers will earn between Ksh.22,793 and Ksh.28,491.
- Job grade C1, which includes primary, secondary, and lecturer positions, will offer a salary range of Ksh.28,491 to Ksh.35,614, with the highest being the highest paid.
- Grade C2 teachers, lecturers, and special needs educators will earn a minimum of Ksh.36,621 and a maximum of Ksh.45,776.
- Grade C3 teachers and lecturers will see salaries between Ksh.44,412 and Ksh.56,514.
- Job grade C5 teachers will receive salaries ranging from Ksh.62,272 to Ksh.78,667.
For senior positions, job grade D1 will pay between Ksh.77,840 and Ksh.95,101 for senior masters, headteachers, deputy principals, and senior lecturers. In job grade D2, which includes deputy principals and senior master one teacher, salaries will start at Ksh.91,000 and reach up to Ksh.110,000.
Senior Principals, classified under job grade D4, will earn between Ksh.118,000 and Ksh.143,000. In contrast, Chief Principals, the highest tier in the pay structure at grade D5, will receive basic salaries between Ksh.131,000 and Ksh.159,000.
In addition to the revised basic salaries, teachers will also benefit from a review of their allowances.
Notably, teachers living in rural areas will experience a significant improvement in their house allowances, categorized into four clusters covering all regions of the country.
In the revised allowances structure:
- Grade B5 teachers in cluster one areas, including Nairobi, will have a house allowance of Ksh.6,750.
- For cluster 2 areas, such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Thika, Kisii, Malindi, and Kitale, the house allowance for grade B5 teachers will be Ksh.4,400.
- Those residing in cluster three areas, which consist of other former municipalities, will receive Ksh.3,850 as a house allowance.
- Teachers in all other regions of the country will also receive a similar amount as a house allowance.
Chief Principals living in different clusters will receive varying house allowances, with those in Nairobi getting Ksh.50,000, cluster 2 recipients receiving Ksh.35,000, cluster 3 recipients receiving Ksh.25,000, and cluster 4 recipients receiving Ksh.21,000 as house allowance.
These house allowances have been integrated into the August payroll, while other allowances, such as hardship, commuter, leave, and disability allowances, remain unchanged.