A senior official from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has reassured teachers that their December salaries will be disbursed before Christmas without any interruptions.
The assurance comes in the wake of Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Njuguna Ndung’u’s recent statement, revealing the government’s financial constraints and the possibility of delayed December salaries for public officers.
Speaking before the Parliamentary Budget Committee, CS Ndung’u attributed the financial challenges to severe droughts and subsequent El Niño rains, causing a shortfall in revenue collection.
“In last one year we have had severe drought and el nino rains. In both cases we have reallocated supplementary budget, recurrent budget and even development budget to save lives. At the same time those situations have created a recession, we are not collecting enough tax revenues,” Explained Ndung’u.
He emphasized that the budget shortfall would affect both salary payments and government development plans.
Over the years, TSC-employed teachers receive their December salaries early, typically by the 18th or at the latest by the 22nd, enabling them to prepare for the festive season.
Despite concerns among teachers about potential delays, the TSC insider affirms that they have the necessary funds to ensure timely payment of full December salaries.
Recently, the government was compelled to disburse overdue salaries to employees of the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK).
PCK employees had not received their salaries for a period of five months, prompting inquiries directed at ICT CS Eliud Owalo regarding the unpaid staff.
The Senate ICT Committee, led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, issued a directive to CS Owalo urging for clearance of outstanding salaries before Christmas.
During his appearance before the Senate committee, ICT CS Eliud Owalo acknowledged the challenges faced by the Postal Corporation of Kenya, encompassing financial instability, liquidity issues, and notably, salary arrears for the staff.