Primary school teachers have reasons to smile as new details about their salary increment surface. According to reliable sources, the lowest primary school teacher will earn sh. 27000 from the current sh. 21000.
Details about presidential speech indicate that 70 billion shillings have been set a side for teachers’ salary increament and hiring of teachers.
The Teachers Service Commission boss Dr. Nancy Macharia says that the president has taken this move to please teachers who are unhappy with their current salaries.
In the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement, teachers have been allocated monetary benefits as compared to non-monetary CBA which was signed by KNUT Secretary General.
Teachers are expected to start receiving their salary increment any time from next month. Teachers’unions such as Kenya National Union of Teachers, Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers pushed for salary increment and had a fruitful outcome.
Secondary school teachers have also been allocated a salary increment but their counterparts in primary section have been allocated a large share.
According to the member of the National Assembly Education Committee, the additional funding “is to appease teachers who are unhappy and that the government would want to do something about it on an election year.”
This year, TSC, citing hard economic times, offered unions a non-monetary 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which teachers have protested.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), which announced a two-year freeze on civil servants’ pay rise in July, have explained that the extra money factored in the ministries’ budgets is for the annual salary increments.
The salary boom has been announced when it is least expected after the Teacher Union signed a non-monetary 2021-2025 CBA which angered many teachers across the country. It is important to note that this budget is subjected to parliament.
The CBA was signed between the Commission and the three union, Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET, and the Kenya Union of Special Needs, KUSNET, in July 13th 2021.
Currently, Chief Principal who heads institutions in National and extra county schools with over 1000 is the highest-paid teacher. They fall under Grade D5. The lowest-paid principals take home 131,380 shillings while the highest earner in this group pockets 157,656 shillings.
The lowest earner teachers are those under Grade B5, T-Scale 5, and teaching primary school. These teachers take home between 21,756 and 27,195 shillings.