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New Salary Scale For Teachers As Proposed by KNUT

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) now wants the Teachers Service Commission to review teachers’ salary where lowest paid teacher could get a raise of Sh14,550, increasing their salary to Sh38,800.

 According to KNUT, the 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to effect a 60 per cent salary increase for the 300,000-odd teachers.

Currently, teachers at Job Group B1 have a basic salary of Sh24,250.

If the push gets TSC’s green light, the highest paid teachers, who fall under Job Group D5 will get a salary increase of about Sh89,016. This implies that teachers’ new salary to Sh237, 376 up from the present Sh148,360.

At the same time, the union wants the government to foot their refresher training courses to cushion teachers from the high cost of living.

Furthermore, the the giant union has urged Members of Parliament to approve Sh4.5billion to cater the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) refresher courses for teachers.

The union also wants a review of promotion criteria to benefit tutors who have obtained higher qualifications.

Mr Oyuu said there are over 60,000 teachers with additional  qualifications such as degrees, masters and PhD and they deserve to be promoted.

Presently, the teachers’ employer and the union has an active CBA that only provided for enhanced maternity and lenient transfers to cushion couples.

Two weeks ago, the TSC and teachers union retreated to Naivasha for possible review  of the CBA among other issues.

According to Knut, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a salary increment for civil servants during Labour Day celebrations; a proof that the country’s economy has recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic shocks.

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