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New scale demonstrates how teachers will get wage increases.

New scale demonstrates how teachers will get wage increases.

The disparity in increments between the top and lowest grades was causing instructors to get uneasy a day after the government workers’ wages review was made public.

The lowest job grade, B5, popularly known as P1 instructors, was set to receive a pay boost greater than the highest grade, D5 (Chief Principal), according to union representatives yesterday.

11 AUGUST 2023
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Collins Oyuu, the secretary general of the Kenya National organisation of Teachers (Knut), expressed dismay over the higher salary and stated that the organisation was examining the entire package before making a decision.

In response to a request for comment from the People Daily, Oyuu stated, “Our position continues to be that the lowest paid should be the greatest beneficiary.

His Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet) counterpart Akello Misori was likewise ambivalent, saying only that a thorough statement would be released later.

The lowest paid teacher in B5 will receive a boost from the current Sh21,756 to a minimum of Sh23,279 if 7% is implemented, and from the current Sh27,195 to a maximum of Sh29,915 if 10% is put into place, per the wage increment for teachers after Government’s recommendation.

updated base pay

This translates to a minimum increase of around Sh1,523 for a 7% raise and Sh2,720 for a 10% gain.

The highest D5 grade, on the other hand, may yield at least Sh173,422.

The proposal for the D5 rank indicates that a 7% hike will bring instructors in this grade, who currently make a base income of Sh131,380, to a minimum of Sh140,577.

A teacher currently making Sh157,657 would receive a maximum of Sh173,422 in the event of a 10% hike.

This amounts to an increase in pay of around Sh9,197 for the minimum new basic pay scale at 7% and up to Sh15,766 for the maximum new basic pay grade at 10%.

“Under the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) scheme, the highest paid teacher was the greatest beneficiary, but what we wanted was that the lowest paid gets the highest benefits,” a teachers’ union official who wished to remain anonymous stated.

The lowest paid instructors are those in the B5 group, which is primarily made up of P1 teachers, while those in C1 are primarily diploma teachers who, after three years, are automatically moved to the following grade.

Entry-level graduates who are also promoted to C3 after three years of experience in that job group are among those in grade C2, which includes them.

To advance to the following grade, teachers from C3 must interview.

Senior teachers and primary deputy head teachers are included in C4, heads of departments are included in C5, and secondary deputy principals and newly appointed principals are included in D1.

Equity and justice

Principals and deputies are included in the D2 and D3 job groups for teachers, whereas principals and chief principals are included in the D4 and D5 job groups, depending on the type of school.

The administrative grades include teachers in Grades D1 through D5. While D3 and D4 teachers lead County and Extra County schools, respectively, a D2 teacher might be the principal of a Sub County school.

According to SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich on Wednesday, the review is about harmonisation to achieve equity and justice in pay and benefits in the public service while maintaining the idea of accessibility and budgetary sustainability.

“SRC worked with the National Treasury on funding in accordance with the constitutional principles of affordability and fiscal sustainability. Within a budget allocation of Sh27.7 billion for the year 2023–2024, the National Treasury asked SRC to take into account revisiting the compensation system, she added.

According to the current proposal, the teaching service will receive Sh9.5 billion, or 44.2%, of the total amount of Sh21.7 billion.

How teachers will be paid more according to a new scale

Given that the teachers’ union agreed to a non-financial Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the years 2021–2025, tutors can now breathe a sigh of relief because the union made a pledge to its members to reassess the basic wage once TSC received approval from the SRC.

However, given the current inflation rates, the unions have consistently urged TSC to reconsider their pay.

For D4, a 7% increase would bring the basic salary from its present level of Sh118,242 to a minimum of Sh126,519, while a 10% increase would bring it from Sh141,891 to a maximum of Sh156,080.

Grade D3’s starting salary would increase from Sh104,644 to a minimum of Sh111,969 and by 10% from Sh125,573 to a maximum of Sh138,130.

erratic policies

Teachers in grade D2 who are now making Sh91,041 would receive a minimum salary of Sh97,414 and would increase by 10% from their current salary of Sh109,249 to a maximum of Sh120,174.

While C5 would move from Sh62,272 to a minimum of Sh66,631 and from their present basic income of Sh77,840 to a high of Sh86,625 in the event of a 10% increase, D1 were anticipated to grow from Sh77,840 to Sh83,289 for a 7% increase and from Sh93,408 to Sh102,749 for a 10% hike.

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Similar increases were anticipated for C4 teachers from their present salary of Sh52,308 to a maximum of Sh55,970 and for C3 teachers from their current salary of Sh43,154 to a minimum of Sh46,175 with an increase of 10% meaning they would move from Sh53,943 to Sh59,337.

A teacher at C1 would see an increase from Sh27,195 to a minimum of Sh29,099 with 7%, and from a Sh33,994 to a maximum of Sh37,393 if 10% is implemented. In contrast, a teacher at C2 would see an increase from their basic salary of Sh34,955 to a minimum of Sh37,402 and from Sh43,694 to a maximum of Sh48,064.

In this period of severe economic hardship in the nation, teachers’ unions have been pleading with the government to take into account the plight of workers, avoid disruptive policies, and conduct extensive consultations before taking any action that could affect workers’ incomes.

For instance, Kuppet claimed last month that endemic stagnation in the service has made matters worse, with more than 62,000 teachers continuing in the same job groups for longer than five years and others for ten.

The National Governing Council (NGC) of the union met with President William Ruto in May at State House, and according to Kuppet, Ruto informed the group that the Government would guarantee teachers a salary increase of at least 10% following the adoption of the Finance Bill.

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