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Salary for new teachers by job group; winners and losers in the CBA

Salary for new teachers by job group; winners and losers in the CBA

Teachers, who are frequently seen as the cornerstone of education and the architects of the future, have become embroiled in a cutting-edge compensation arrangement, leaving many to wonder what the implications would be. There have been a variety of responses in the educational community to the recent agreement reached between their representative unions and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The compensation increases have a significant impact while first appearing to be cautious. Teachers in Kenya are under a great deal of financial strain as a result of inflation and a high cost of living. Even though they are not consistent across all wage levels, the increments are meant to offer some protection from these financial difficulties.

The claim made by Collins Oyuu, secretary general of Knut, that the pay increase will help teachers confront inflation and living expenditures emphasizes the urgent need for these modifications.

The in-depth investigation by Teachers Updates digs into the complexities of the agreement, its effects on educators’ salaries, and the larger context in which it operates.

The Components of a Pay Deal

The compensation agreement has received mixed reviews; it has been hailed as a step forward for teachers and derided as a roadblock. The agreed-upon pay raise is between Sh785 to Sh5,141.

The start of the housing charge and the new National Social Security Fund (NSSF) rates coincide with this increase, which is noteworthy. It’s important to carefully analyze the ramifications of this increment, even though it represents a pay raise ranging from 2.4 to 9.5 percent depending on the pay level.

Levy on Housing and NSSF Deductions

The excitement of a pay increase is muted by the presence of sizable deductions. The wage agreement provides a financial boost, but some of this increase will go toward required deductions.

For the housing levy and an additional Sh360 for NSSF, teachers would see a 1.5% wage cut on their payslips. It’s important to note that teachers were previously excluded from NSSF deductions because of their participation in the Public Service Superannuation Scheme.

Teachers who aren’t used to such pay reductions will find it difficult as a result of the introduction of these deductions.

Winners and Those Affected

It’s crucial to determine who the main beneficiaries and those who will be most impacted by the agreement are before the ink is completely dry.

Teachers who are paid at the minimum wage, or in pay grades C4, C5, D4, and D5, will not receive raises. The insufficient Sh785 boost for D1 instructors in particular raises concerns about distribution equity.

On the other hand, teachers in different job groups, such as B5, C1, C2, and C3, will often have better results. Their increments, which protect them against deductions and the changing economic climate, vary from Sh2,074 to Sh3,331.

In the meantime, instructors in pay grades D2 and D3 can expect raises of Sh1,455 and Sh1,399, respectively.

According to the agreement, the Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2021–2025 will be modified and put into effect over the course of the following two years in two phases. Entry-level graduate instructors will receive an additional Ksh 4,164, while those who previously worked in a municipality would receive Ksh 5,141. The teacher with the highest salary will get an increase of Ksh 4,883. Additionally, there will be a Ksh 2,100 to Ksh 8,700 increase in the living allowance for tutors in rural and small-town areas.

Also see: TSC Announces Teachers’ Payday Following Increment Agreement

Effect on All Pay Grades

Across various pay grades, the new pay agreement has a very diverse effect. For instance, teachers earning pay Grade B5 can anticipate a minimum raise of Sh2,074, which will bring their salary range to between Sh21,756 and Sh23,830.

On the other hand, job group C1 teachers would receive a sizeable raise of Sh2,592, increasing their pay from Sh27,195 to Sh29,787. Similar to this, instructors in job group C2 would receive a pay raise of Sh3,331, bringing their salary from Sh34,955 to Sh38,286. Not all pay grades, though, will see these advancements.

Education and Teacher Implications

The wage agreement has numerous direct effects. While the increments offer some respite, they also act as a check on inflation and the rising cost of living.

This balance is especially important for teachers who work in rural regions because they would gain from an increased housing allowance, a positive development.

But the complexity goes beyond these quantifiable figures. The unions’ worries regarding teacher promotions and the rules for career growth are an indication of tensions that need to be resolved.

Unions’ Issues and the Future

Although the signing of the salary agreement is an important step towards resolving teachers’ financial worries, negotiations are still ongoing. Concerns about teacher career advancement and promotion standards have been raised by the unions.

Kuppet initially viewed the offer as unfavorable, calling it a “raw deal” and denouncing the company for being dishonest. Despite this initial resistance, a more accommodative attitude ultimately took hold.

These topics, including teacher advancements and pay for those in acting roles, will be discussed by a technical committee made up of TSC and union members. These debates have the potential to be crucial in the growth of the sector due to the changing dynamics of education and the intricate interactions between stakeholders.

Conclusion: More Than Just an Increment

KUPPET has promised to keep negotiating to standardize house allowances. As part of the agreement, TSC would also elevate 50,000 teachers. Moreover, the teachers’ unions have made sure that their employer would honor the other 50% of the cost-of-living benefit.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) announced a wage raise for civil personnel of 7–10% with retroactive effect to July 1. For the fiscal year 2023–2024, this hike will cost taxpayers an additional Ksh 21.7 billion, with instructors receiving the lion’s share of Ksh 9.5 billion. SCR estimates that the typical increase over two years is 7 to 10%, or an average annual grade increase of 3%.

While the new teachers’ pay agreement delivers a much-needed raise, it also reveals a tapestry of complexity that goes far beyond numbers. As changes are reflected on teachers’ payslips, it is clear how much is being deducted and how much is being raised.

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