There has been public outcry over the teachers on internships contract going without pay three months into their deployment. Teachers Service Commission has finally paid the tutors what will be a great relief after a long wait. The commission says 8, 141 intern teachers have been successfully placed on the Teachers Service Commission payroll.
Through their head of communications Beatrice Wababu, the commission explained the delay to have been caused by most recruits missing some documents or the documents were not properly arranged in their files. The exercise was done at the county level and most of the missing documents might have been lost during transmission.
However, 2,159 intern are yet to receive their salary. Their documents are still being processed and Tsc says they will be in payroll as soon as the process is completed.
It also emerged that the interns were exposed to a number of deductions ranging from mandatory personal accident cover, Higher Education Loans Board deduction, the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and deducted towards Pay as You Earn (Paye).
Intern teachers posted to primary schools earn an average of Sh10, 000, which comes down to about Sh6, 000 after Paye deductions of some Sh1, 116 and the contributions to the NHIF and NSSF.
There have been protests from teachers unions over low pay for the intern teachers and uncertainty surrounding the contract. Consequently, teachers service commissioners were summoned to appear before the Senate Education Committee to clarify over the same. But the commission is yet to appear in the August house due to lockdown occasioned by coronavirus.
This comes as the government plan to employ excess of 10,000 intern teachers together with 5,000 permanent and pensionable teachers in secondary schools. This is meant to address shortage of tutors, an indication of the pressure caused by the government’s push for a 100 per cent transition rate from primary school.