The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) changed the grading system for primary and secondary school teachers immediately after signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2017 to 2021 between it and the teachers unions.

TSC adopted the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) as a way for grading and promoting teachers to various cadres.

The Commission also released new salaries and allowances for teachers after signing of CBA 2021 – 2025 with Knut, Kuppet and Kusnet.

There are eight (8) grades that a primary school teacher can go through while in service. The job grades are scaled according to the relative worth of each job.

Some of the grades are commonly established while the rest are competitive.

1. Primary Teacher II (T – Scale 5)

This is the entry grade for primary school teachers. All newly employed teachers fall under this category.

All Primary Teacher II teachers fall under Grade B5

2. Primary Teacher I (T – Scale 6)

This is a promotional grade for primary school teachers. For Primary Teacher II teachers to join this grade, they must serve for at least three years. Promotion to this grade is automatic.

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All Primary Teacher I teachers fall under Grade C1 which is the grade where Secondary Teacher II and Lecturer III belong.

3. Senior Teacher II (T – Scale 7)

This is a promotional grade for primary school teachers. It is also an entry grade into the administrative cadre. Entry into this grade is competitive and subject to availability of vacancies.

For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have served as Primary Teacher I T-Scale 6 for a minimum period of three (3) years.

All Senior Teacher II teachers fall under Grade C2 which is the grade where Secondary Educator II, Senior Educator II and Special Need Education Educator (primary schools) belong.

4. Senior Teacher I (T – Scale 8)

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators. Entry to this grade is competitive and subject to availability of vacancies.

For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have served as Senior Teacher II T-Scale 7 for a minimum period of three (3) years.

All Senior Teacher I teachers fall under Grade C3 which is the grade where Secondary Educator I, Lecture I, Special Need Education Teacher I (primary schools), Special Need Education Educator II (secondary schools) belong.

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5. Deputy Headteacher II (T – Scale 9)

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators. It is competitive and subject to availability of vacancies.

For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have served as a Senior Teacher I at T-Scale 8 for minimum period of three (3) years.

All Deputy Headteacher II teachers fall under Grade C4 which is the grade where Senior Master IV, Special Need Education Senior Teacher (primary school), Senior Lecturer IV and Special Need Education Teacher I (secondary schools) belong.

6. Deputy Headteacher I (T – Scale 10)

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators. It is competitive and subject to availability of vacancies.

For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have served as a Deputy Headteacher II T-Scale 9 for minimum period of three (3) years.

For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have acquired enough knowledge on the development and implementation of the curriculum and education policies.

All Deputy Headteacher I teachers fall under Grade C5 which is the grade where Senior Master III, Deputy Principal IV, Senior Lecture III, Curriculum Support Officer II and Head Educator belong.

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7. Headteacher (T – Scale 10)

This is a promotional grade for primary school administrators. The headteacher is the lead educator and accounting offer in the school. He/she leads in the development and implementation of the school work plans, strategies, budgets and supervision of school’s operations.

Promotion to this grade is competitive and subject to availability of vacancies. For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have served as Deputy Head Teacher II at T-Scale 9 for minimum period of three (3) years.

All Headteacher teachers belong to Grade C5.

8. Senior Headteacher (T – Scale 11)

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators. He/she is a lead educator in addition to being the chief accounting officer.

Promotion to this grade is competitive and subject to availability of vacancies. For one to be appointed to this grade he/she must have served as Headteacher T-Scale10 for a minimum period of three (3) years.

All Senior Headteacher fall under Grade D1 which is the grade where Deputy Principal III, Senior Master II, Senior Lecture II, Curriculum Support Officer I belong.

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