By John Machio.
It’s now official. The Sh54 billion salary deal signed in October last year between Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and teachers’ unions will be rolled out in four phases starting July 1st, 2017, Education News can now report.
Of the Sh 201 billion allocated to TSC in the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year, Sh13.7 billion has been set aside to go towards honouring the first phase of teachers’ salary agreement as signed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in October 2016.
Though anxiety is steadily building up among teachers as there was no mention of the pay increase in the National Budget statement read by the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury, Dr. Henry Rotich, the Parliamentary Committee on Education has confirmed to Education News that teachers would be dancing all the way to the bank come July when their salaries will be adjusted upwards as per the CBA.
“Effective from July 1st, 2017, teachers in the Public Service will be wearing a bright face when the first phase (2017-2018) of the pay deal will be doled out with a whopping Sh 13.7 billion.
“The second phase will be implemented during the 2018/2019 period, followed by the third phase 2019/2020 and the final disbursement in 2020/2021,” said Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Sabina Chege.
Chege who also serves as Murang’a Woman Representative in National Assembly allayed fears that come July, teachers’ pay-slip would read the same, saying that the salary deal had already been sealed and the funds had been captured in the 2017/2018 TSC budget.
The legislator said the 2017/2021 CBA which was signed by Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Commission was under lock-and-key; and teachers’ unions should now prepare for the next CBA (2021/2025).
According the Parliamentary Committee on Education, out of the Sh 2.62 trillion which was tabled by the National Treasury, Sh 201 billion has been allocated to the teachers’ employer part of which will go towards enhancing the tutors’ salaries.
The Commission, which is now being accused of delaying the release of implementation matrix of the new salaries, has also confirmed that the payment schedule is on course and that there should be no cause for alarm.
The Chairperson of TSC, Lydia Nzomo has affirmed that plans are at an advanced stage to increase teachers’ pay effect from July 1st, 2017 and that this will be done through implementation of the CBA.
Nzomo, who has been accused together with the Commission Secretary/Chief Executive (Nancy Macharia) for purposely delaying the roll out of Salaries Implementation Matrix, says TSC is under obligation to honour the salary agreement as signed in the CBA.
Meanwhile, through a statement, the Head of Communications at TSC, Kihumba Kamotho explained in detail how the CBA will be implemented as scheduled.
Kimotho says TSC has been in touch with the National Treasury and an assurance has been given that funds for the implementation of the CBA have been secured. “The implementation commences on July 1st as scheduled in line with the provisions in the CBA,”said Kamotho, without mentioning when TSC will release the implementation matrix.
He said: “The Commission is currently working on the implementation modalities which will be completed before the commencement date of the agreements (July 1st, 2017) and teachers will be informed accordingly.”
The Commission was reacting to the ongoing reports that teachers may not get a salary increase from July 1st because there was no mention of the pay increase in the budget statement as read out by the National Treasury, Cabinet Secretary.
KNUT Secretary-General, Wilson Sossion had warned that any delay in implementation of the CBA will not be accepted. “We shall promptly bring learning to a standstill and remain out of classrooms until we have money in our accounts. TSC must release the CBA implementation schedule immediately,” said Sossion in a statement.
“We are starting to suspect that the Government is not up to any good with teachers. If they have teachers at heart, then let them come clean on the CBA,” said Sossion.
KUPPET Secretary-General, AkelloMisori said they monitored the National Budget statement as read by Rotich, but there was no mention of funds set aside for CBA.
“We followed the presentation carefully and heard no mention of the CBA. We want TSC to come out immediately to allay fears of teachers. Our patience is running out and teachers are becoming anxious,” said Misori.
“Anybody trying to fool teachers will face the music and it is TSC who will be shocked,” said Misori.
Under the new deal, the lowest paid Primary school teacher in Job Group B5 will earn a minimum of Sh 21,756 and a maximum of Sh 27,195. The lowest paid Secondary school teacher in Job Group C2 will earn Sh34,955 at minimum level rising to a maximum of Sh 43,694.
Job Group D5 is the highest grade in the teaching profession, with teachers in this scale pocketinga minimum of Sh131,380 rising to a maximum of Sh 157,656 per month.
Other Job Groups in the CBA include: C1 Shs27,195 – Shs33,994; C3 Shs43,154 – Shs53,943; C4 Shs52,308 – Shs65,385; C5 Shs62,272 – Shs77,840; D1 Shs77,840 – Shs93,408; D2 Shs91,041 – Shs109,249; D3 Shs104,644 – Shs125,573 and D4 Shs118,242 – Shs141,891.