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Teachers’ Salary Increase to Go Into Effect in August With Arrears

Teachers’ Salary Increase to Go Into Effect in August With Arrears

August will see the implementation of the salary increase for teachers. with a backlog. Teachers’ pay for the month of July have been paid by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Teachers have been paid by a number of banks and saccos, most notably Equity, KCB, and Absa.

However, it is clear that by legislating the higher NHIF rates, the government has taken money away from teachers’ pay.

On June 26, 2023, President William Ruto proposed changes to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to improve pay parity.

The Head of State’s proposal calls for Kenyans to pay 2.75 percent of their gross income toward the national insurance.

This is what has affected the July salaries of teachers and government employees. Most elementary school teachers in lower ranks suffered a 230 sh reduction in pay.

The additional charges applied to intern teachers as well. Due to the changed NHIF rate, junior secondary school teachers who previously received a monthly stipend after deductions of sh 19,124 now receive sh 18170.

The salary for primary school teachers has decreased from Sh 14,000 to about Sh 13,200 annually.

However, a court decision postponing the implementation of the 2023 Finance Act prohibited deductions from the housing fund, whose ceiling was set at 1.5% of gross income.

Despite President William Ruto’s assurance that TSC would pay teachers’ wages with an increase, it has subsequently been said that arrears will be paid to their salaries in August.

The reason for this is that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has not finished the review procedure to take the payrise into consideration.

President Ruto stated on June 30 that pay increases for teachers and other state employees will start this month.

Two weeks ago, the public involvement exercise was completed, and the SRC is currently working on the evaluation.

The government departments in charge of paying teachers and other civil officials would then be allowed to apply the increase after the commission publishes the new salary in the gazette.

The reviews won’t be finished until tomorrow, when many employees expect to receive their paychecks, according to sources.

The amount that the labor would receive after the increase is another problem.

The implementation date of the increment is crucial. Even if they don’t get the raise this month, they will still get it after July, a source claims.

The suspension of the Finance Act 2023, whose implementation has been halted by the High Court in response to a petition brought by Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah, was one of the conditions of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers’ (Kuppet) agreement with the President.

The court’s ruling ensures that employees won’t be subject to the Act’s new 1.5% housing fee. It had to take effect by the end of this month.

The delay has drawn attention, and Kuppet Secretary-General Akello Misori has accused both the SRC and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of being at fault.

During a five-hour “consultative meeting” that Kuppet and SRC allegedly had with Dr. Ruto in May at State House, the President is alleged to have given authorities the assurance that teachers will receive a minimum 10% wage increase “upon the passage of the 2023-2024 Finance Bill.”

This is a problem, he said, since we can be duped and find out that it’s not 10% or 12% as we had assumed.

Teachers’ Salary Increase to Go Into Effect in August With Arrears

Numerous educators complained that their pay stubs had still not been uploaded to the payment portal.

The SRC and TSC’s procrastination has resulted in a delay despite our repeated requests to the TSC for a review of the terms of reference of the collective agreement for the years 2021–2025.

We believed that the Treasury was on board and that the SRC had given other public employees—particularly the civil servants—the opportunity to discuss their compensation with them before the President granted his final approval to the initiative. The President was extremely clear in saying that this required a 7–10% rise. There shouldn’t be any delays, according to Mr. Misori.

The union eventually compromised on a 10% raise after first asking the president for a raise of between 30% and 70%.

Mr. Misori requested that the commissions complete the process for a wage raise because the union and the president had already agreed to the hike.

He emphasized that the arrangement had never been in writing and disputed that it had anything to do with their support for the Finance Bill 2023, which was being discussed at the time in Parliament.

Although these pledges were made, Mr. Misori observed that “the TSC and SRC are still going in circles while teachers are struggling under the weight of higher taxes and high inflation that the government promised to shield them from.”

High-ranking government employees like Dr. Ruto, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, MPs, Cabinet secretaries, chief secretaries, speakers of the house, or judges, among others, will not gain from the decision to evaluate salary, he claims.

Teachers’ Salary Increase to Go Into Effect in August With Arrears.

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