Over 35,000 junior secondary school teachers who were hired earlier this year are expected to receive their pay by the end of this month, according to Ezekiel Machogu, the education cabinet secretary.
Speaking yesterday during his appearance before the National Assembly plenary for questioning by MPs, the CS expressed his sadness that more than 50% of the teachers hired by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had not yet received payment.
Since they began working days in February, some of the teachers have not received even a penny.
“I want to apologize to our teachers for the delay in payment. There are those that we have been unable to pay. As of today when I discussed with the CEO of the Teachers Service Commission, it was confirmed that almost fifty percent of the newly employed teachers have been paid and the other fifty percent, I’m getting information from the feed so we can pay them. I assure you that funds are available and we will be able pay expeditiously,” said Machogu.
The CS was responding to a query by Nominated MP Sabina Chege on the delayed payment of salaries. He said the delayed salaries was occasioned by different reporting times of the teachers to the schools they were posted.
Earlier on the teachers’ employer assured all affected teachers that payment will be made by the month of May 2023.
“We apologise for any delays that may have been occasioned by late reporting of teachers to their stations, or delayed submission of requisite documents. All efforts are being made to effect all the salaries in May 2023,” further stated the teacher employer.
Basic compensation for teachers of junior secondary schools ranges from 34,955 to 43,694 cash, and they are also be eligible for a commuting allowance of 5,000 cash and a rental home allowance of 7,500 cash.
Here is a Breakdown of a newly employed graduate teacher in a secondary school.
|No.||Break down||Amount (Kshs)|
|2||Rental House Allowance||7,500.00|
|4||Total Earnings (Before deductions)||47,455.00|
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