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Why Teachers and Civil Servants Will Not Receive the July Salary Increase

Why Teachers and Civil Servants Will Not Receive the July Salary Increase

President William Ruto vowed to give teachers and government workers a pay raise at the end of this month (July), but the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has not yet completed the necessary review process to include the increase.

On June 30, President Ruto announced that salaries for teachers and other public servants would rise starting this month. However, indications indicate that the SRC has started the review process after a public input exercise ended two weeks ago.
After the review is complete, the new salaries will be gazetted, allowing the relevant government departments in charge of payroll to implement the increase.

Sources indicate that tomorrow (July 27), which also happens to be the day many workers anticipate receiving their paychecks, is the earliest the review process may be finished. It is therefore uncertain how much of a boost they will actually receive.

Another requirement of a settlement between the President and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) was the passing of the Finance Act 2023, which has been temporarily halted by a court order in response to a plea by Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah.

The 1.5% housing charge required by the Act won’t be deducted as planned from employees’ paychecks this month as a result of the court’s decision.

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Kuppet’s secretary-general, Akello Misori, expressed concern over the delay and faulted both the SRC and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for taking too long to reach a decision.

The union first requested an increase of between 30% and 70%, but it eventually settled on a 10% increase.

Why Civil Servants and Teachers Will Miss the July Salary Increase

Mr. Misori persuaded the commissions to expedite the pay increase procedure by emphasizing that the agreement was reached with the President during a “consultative meeting” at State House in May.

Dr. Ruto promised officials that teachers will receive a minimum 10% pay raise when the 2023–2024 Finance Bill was approved.

He expressed concern that if the actual increment does not meet their expectations, the delay may have unanticipated consequences and possibly lead to fraud.

The staff is unhappy and concerned since teachers have complained that their pay stubs have not yet been uploaded to the payment portal.

Mr. Misori emphasized that there should be no further delays given the clarity provided by the President regarding the increase ranging from 7 to 10% for teachers and civil servants.

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