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Wilson Sossion, KNUT Secretary-General with Kenya National Examination Council Ag. CEO, Mercy Karogo during a Curriculum Reform Review Conference in Nairobi recently.

Teachers to earn less than Civil Servants in new deal

By John Machio

It is emerging that salary increases offered to Civil Servants to be paid beginning July 1, 2017, though not negotiated, is much higher than what the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) recommended to be offered to

teachers. A comparison between what Government employed teachers will earn in the new Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA) it signed with Teachers Service Commission (TSC) shows that they (teachers) will earn much less compared to other Civil Servants who have similar grades.

TSC and teacher unions signed a new CBA in October 2016 while Civil servants were recently offered a salary increment. According to SRC, teachers were awarded salary increases based on the relative worth of the job.

The salary increments given to Public school teachers, according to SRC Chairperson, Sarah Serem was aimed at dealing with inequalities and disparities in remuneration and benefits paid to Public Servants and help entrench the principle of equal pay for equal work of equal value. But a look at the new pay offer for Civil Servants as well as the 2017/2021 CBA signed by TSC and teacher unions reveals that the so called SRC led Job Evaluation Exercise did not address inequalities and disparities in remuneration and benefits paid to Public Servants.

It has since been established that the deal struck between TSC and the unions to end decades of wrangles over a structured CBA, offered teachers a pay rise that is inferior to increments that Civil Servants will get, effective

July 1, 2017. Contrary to earlier reports that teachers had been given a sweet salary deal, it is emerging that their counterparts in the mainstream Civil Service will walk to the bank a happy lot come July this year when the new salaries begin trickling into their bank accounts.

Going by the new pay structures, the lowest paid teacher or P1 on Job Group ‘H’ (B5) will now earn Sh 21, 756 per month, rising to a maximum of Sh 27,195. Currently, this cadre earns Sh 16,692 per month rising to a maximum of Sh 21,304 per month. Under the new pay perk, Civil Servants of a similar grade will earn a minimum of Sh23,176 upto a maximum of Sh 28,970. Presently, those within this cadre earn between Sh 16,692 and Sh 21,304 per month.

The highest paid teacher or Chief Principal Graduate Teacher or Principal Lecturer, in Job Group ‘R’ (D5) under the new CBA will earn a minimum of Sh 131,380 per month and a maximum of Sh 157,656 a month. Currently, teachers in this Job Group earn a minimum of Sh109,089 and a maximum of Sh 144,924 per month.

In the mainstream Civil Service, this cadre of staff will earn a minimum of Sh 150,202, rising to a maximum of Sh 198,267 per a month. Presently, they earn a minimum of Sh 109,089 and a maximum of Sh 144,928 per month.

The salary disparities cut across all grades as witnessed in the new salary structures. Indeed, it’s to the contrary of sentiments expressed by SRC boss, Serem that the JobEvaluation Exercise marked the beginning of elimination of disparities in the teaching service, while it promoted performance and productivity. Disparities as seen in the conversion tables still exist.

The Job Evaluation Exercise was an objective criteria for managing remuneration. It was to create harmony in the relationship between employees and employer, afford the unions and employers an informed platform for negotiations, hence it was to create good labour relations, and enhance stability in work environment among other benefits.

Despite having been offered an inferior package as compared to their counterparts in the mainstream Civil Service, the greatest beneficiaries in the TSC/teachers CBA will be primary school Heads, Principals, their deputies and Senior teachers. Therefore, this means that nearly all Head teachers in the over 23,000 Public primary schools, their deputies and Senior teachers will have at least a smile as the CBA automatically moves them to a new grading system, and slightly elevates their remuneration brackets.

In total, slightly over 200,000 teachers will benefit from the scrapping of Job Group ‘G’ where all P1s in this grade have been moved to Job Group ‘H’ (B5), and also the elevation of all primary school Heads. All primary Head teachers of boarding and day schools will now automatically move up to Grade D1 and earn between Sh77,840 and Sh 93,408 per month. Primary Head teachers, whose schools have lower pupil population, will be elevated to C5 (Job Group ‘N’), earning a minimum of Sh 62,272 per month and a maximum of Sh 77,840 per month.

All Deputies of primary schools will move up to grade C5. However, Primary deputy Heads in day schools will move to Grade C4 and earn between Sh 52,308 and Sh 65,385 per month per month. Senior teachers in Primary section will move to grade C2 and earn between Sh34,955 and Sh 43,694 per month

All Principles of National schools will all move to Grade D5, the highest grade in the teaching service and those in this group will earn between Sh 131,380 and Sh 157,656 per month.

Salary increment and pay for other Principals has also been split based on the category of the school, whether County, Extra-county, day or boarding school. For instance, Principals of County schools will move to Grade D4 while those in charge of Sub-county boarding schools will move to grade D4. Deputies in County and Sub-county schools will now fall under Grade D3 and D2 respectively. Principals of Sub-county day schools, under Grade D3, will earn between Sh 104, 644 and Sh 127, 585 per month as per the new CBA.

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