Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has announced a streamlined process for pension disbursement for retired TSC employed teachers, reducing the wait time to less than six months.
CS Machogu addressed the Senate on August 9, 2023, revealing that his ministry has directed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to promptly submit a teacher’s retirement file to the Pensions Department of the National Treasury for swift processing.
He outlined that the pension payment process would be expedited and completed within four to five months after this submission.
“We’ve emphasized the need for the retirement file to be sent immediately upon a teacher’s retirement to initiate the payment process. Our focus is on ensuring swift compensation for retired teachers. Our goal is to conclude the procedure within four to five months.” He stated.
The CS addressed concerns raised by Senator Alexander Mundigi of Embu, who questioned the prolonged duration retirees had to endure before receiving their pension benefits.
Senator Mundigi highlighted that retirees from other sectors of the public workforce receive their pensions within three months.
He proposed closer collaboration between the Education Ministry and the National Treasury to ensure punctual pension disbursement. He suggested it was unreasonable for individuals who had consistently received monthly salaries to face delays exceeding two years in pension distribution.
Mr. Machogu assured Senator Mundigi that the new approach established by the current administration would eliminate the lengthy delays in disbursing teachers’ pension contributions.
The CS encouraged retirees who had waited over a year for their retirement benefits to engage with the ministry. He noted that any such delays should be brought to the ministry’s attention for appropriate resolution.
In May, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia attributed delays in pension payments to retired teachers to the National Treasury, asserting that the TSC consistently submitted the required documentation on time.
According to her, the commission requires only three months to process the necessary documents for submission to the Treasury, but these submissions often experience delays during payment processing.
Macharia clarified that the commission provides teachers nearing retirement with a year’s notice to assemble their documentation for compensation ahead of their retirement.