Teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are set to undergo a salary adjustment, with the lowest-paid teachers experiencing an increase of up to 9.5%, while the highest-paid teacher will see a raise of 2.4 percent.
This development comes after a productive meeting between the TSC and teacher unions; the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET).
During this meeting, the groups collectively ratified an extension to the 2021-25 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the TSC to provide teachers with relief from new statutory deductions and the escalating cost of living.
The formal signing of the extension took place at the Kenya School of Government, officiated by the union’s secretary-general. Notably, this addendum encompasses two main financial benefits:
- The salary increment will be retroactively applied from July 1st.
- The agreement includes a revision of housing allowances for teachers serving in rural areas and smaller towns.
As stipulated in the newly signed CBA, teachers working at Teacher Grade C2 (the entry level for graduate teachers) will observe a surge of up to Sh4,164 in their basic salary. Those at C3 will receive an increment of Sh5,141, while the highest tier (DS) will see a rise of Sh4,883.
Throughout the discussions, Akello Misori, Secretary General of KUPPET, voiced strong opposition to a salary ceiling set by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for teachers at Grade CS.
Teachers posted in rural and emerging townships will also enjoy an elevation in their house allowances, ranging from Sh2,100 per month for Grade C2 to Sh8,700 per month for Grade D4.
“The Commission has concluded the promotion of 14,738 teachers in August 2023 and has advertised additional 36,275 vacancies for promotions. The objective of these promotions is to motivate teachers as they advance in their career to improve productivity and performance,” the TSC statement further read.
“This follows the merger of geographical Cluster 4 with Cluster 3 in the determination of house allowances.” stated Misori.
Addressing the issue, Misori affirmed KUPPET’s ongoing negotiations for complete harmonization of house allowances, in line with rates applicable to Nairobi City, paralleling the approach taken with commuter allowances.
Notably, the teachers’ unions had prioritized both full harmonization of house allowances and the initial salary increase ranging from 30 to 70 percent.
TSC has made a commitment to ensuring that all teachers receive their salaries by the end of August