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TSC Teachers Face Additional Nhif and Nssf Deductions

TSC Teachers Face Additional Nhif and Nssf Deductions

The confusion brought on by the numerous deductions that appeared on their payslips for July is still being processed by teachers who are employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The Commission’s newly created T-Pay website allows teachers to view their payslips online.

Many teachers have already received their July salaries from banks starting today, including Equity, KCB, Cooperative, and Absa.

However, it is evident that teachers are now, for the first time, having money deducted from their paychecks to contribute to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Additionally, there has been a slight increase in the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) rate, which affects the bulk of teachers’ net pay.

For instance, in July, a teacher in job group C1 had NSSF contributions deducted from their income in the amount of Sh. 1,200 in addition to Sh. 1,100 in NHIF contributions.

Intern teachers at elementary and junior secondary schools weren’t exempt either. Approximately one thousand shillings were deducted when the recently implemented deductions were applied.

Despite the fact that some instructors received annual raises while others received their pay in arrears, the deductions significantly decreased the net revenue overall.

To find out why teachers must contribute 7.5% of their base income to a provident fund in addition to two health insurance plans (NHIF and AON Minet) and a new NSSF deduction, we talked to some experts.

According to Mr. Lyambila, it is the responsibility of every Kenyan citizen to contribute to the NSSF fund and the NHIF insurance.

The choice of whether to save more money for a different social security or health insurance plan is, according to him, up to each individual.

In order to increase pay equity, President William Ruto suggested amendments to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) on June 26, 2023.

Kenyans will pay the national insurance 2.75% of their gross wages, according to the Head of State’s proposal.

Also Read: Payslips for Intern Teachers Show Deductions; Examine Them

In the beginning, there was also a plan to deduct 1.5% of teachers’ gross wages for the housing fund, but the 2023 Finance Act was postponed by the courts and this was stopped.

The arrears will be paid in August payments, notwithstanding President William Ruto’s declaration that TSC would pay teachers their higher salary for the month of July.

This is the case because the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has not completed the review process to account for the payrise.

On June 30, President Ruto announced that starting on July 1, teachers and other state employees would start getting raises.

The public involvement exercise was finished two weeks ago, and now SRC is working on the evaluation.

After the commission publishes the new salary in the gazette, the government departments in charge of paying teachers and other civil officials would then be able to implement the hike.

Sources claim that tomorrow, when many workers anticipate receiving their paychecks, is the earliest the reviews might be concluded.

Another issue for the workforce is the amount they will receive after the raise.

“The increase’s implementation date is quite important. According to a source, even if they don’t get the raise this month, they will still get it after July.

One of the terms of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers’ (Kuppet) agreement with the President was the suspension of the Finance Act 2023, the implementation of which has been put on hold by the High Court in response to a petition filed by Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah.

The court’s decision guarantees that the new 1.5% housing fee imposed by the Act won’t apply to employees. The deadline for it to go into effect was this month.

Kuppet Secretary-General Akello Misori has raised a red flag over the delay and claims that both the SRC and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are to blame.

During a five-hour “consultative meeting” that Kuppet and SRC purportedly had with Dr. Ruto in May at State House, the President is said to have assured authorities that teachers will receive a minimum 10% pay raise “upon the passage of the 2023-2024 Finance Bill.”

This is a concern because, he continued, we can be deceived and discover that it is not 10% or 12% as we had thought.

Many teachers reported that their pay stubs had not yet been put on the payment site.

Despite our repeated appeals to the TSC for a review of the terms of reference of the 2021–2025 collective agreement, the SRC and TSC’s inaction has caused a delay. When the President gave his final consent to the program, we thought 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. It was made very plain by the President that this required an increase of between 7 and 10%. Mr. Misori said there shouldn’t be any delays.

The union had originally asked for a raise of between 30% and 70% from the president, but they ultimately settled on 10%.

Mr. Misori asked the commissions to complete the salary increase procedure because the increment had already been agreed upon by the union and the president.

He denied that it had anything to do with their endorsement of the Finance Bill 2023, which was being discussed at the time in Parliament, and insisted that the agreement had never been in writing.

Mr. Misori lamented that, regrettably, and in spite of these assurances, “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.”

Additional Nhif and Nssf Deductions for TSC Teachers

According to Dr. Ruto, the decision to evaluate salary will not benefit high-ranking government personnel such as himself, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, MPs, Cabinet secretaries, chief secretaries, speakers of the house, or judges, among others.

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