Yesterday, there were disagreements between the teachers’ unions on a salary agreement that would have given their members a rise of between Sh1,076 and Sh3,000.
Between 9.5% and 2.4% in wage increases were proposed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and they were to be spread over two fiscal years.
According to the TSC, teachers in the lower classes of B5, C1, C2, and C3 will receive raises ranging from 9.5 to 7.2 percent. Job Grades C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5 were expected to receive 2.4%.
As a result, a Grade B5 teacher making Sh21,756 per month who undergoes a review will receive Sh23,830, a raise of Sh2,074.
Those in C1, who earn Sh27,195, were to earn Sh29, 787.
Low earners who were left out of the salary agreement for 2017–2021—which favoured instructors in higher grades—gained from the pay offer.
Teachers who are currently classified as Job Group C2 and make Sh34,955 will increase by Sh3,332 to Sh38,287. People in C3 who make Sh43,154 were supposed to make Sh45,670.
Teachers who fall under C4 and C5 would not receive raises during the first year of implementation, per the deal put forth by TSC.
The majority of C4 educators work as elementary school principals. And the teachers who fell under C5 were bundled to the new grade in 2017 after reaching the maximum salary for work group M/N.
Akello Misori the secretary general of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), yesterday faulted the TSC. Mr. Akelo urged the commission to consider teachers who have stagnated in same job group for long.
Teachers who teach in grades D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5 will only receive a 2.4% pay rise under the proposed agreement.
Those who fall under D1 will receive a minimum salary of Sh79,410 from the present Sh77,840, a rise of Sh1,570, after complete implementation.
instructors in D3 who currently make a minimum pay of Sh104,644 would receive Sh105,720 as opposed to D2 instructors who would receive a minimum income of Sh92,161 from Sh91,041.
The agreement stated that compensation increases would not be given to instructors in groups D4 and D5 in the first year. The majority of the people in D4 and D5 are principals of national schools, respectively.
The offer was declined by Kuppet, whose members are primarily secondary school teachers, but the KNUT welcomed the deal.
Both unions were instructed to consider the suggestions and react by Monday, but neither did so. According to Misori, the members of the unions wanted an increase of between 30% and 70%.