By Staff Writer
Teachers in the Public Service will benefit from the newly introduced salary scales in Job Groups ‘H’, ‘J’, ‘K’, ‘L’, ‘M’ and ‘N’.
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has effectively elongated T-Scale 13 in Grade D3; T-Scale 12 in Grade D2 and T-Scale 9 in Grade C4 backdated from July 1st, 2017. The elongated scales fall under Job Groups ‘H’ to ‘N’.
The Commission has reiterated that following signing of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Commission and teachers’ unions in October 2016, the said agreement’s implementation cycle will run between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2021.
The Commission states that besides elongating salary scales for tutors in Teacher-Scale 13, T-Scale 12 and T-Scale 9; TSC has effectively revised Hardship, Commuter and Annual Leave allowances as per Circular 09/2014 of July 16th, 2014. The rest of allowances remain unchanged.
In a Circular (TSC/ADM/192A/VOL.IX) dated December 18th, 2017 addressed to County Directors, Heads of educational institution and chairmen of Head teachers associations, the Commission Secretary/Chief Executive, Nancy Macharia states that Principals and Deputy Principals II who are in Grade D3 (T-Scale 13 – Job Group ‘M’ to ‘N’) effective July 1st, 2017 will earn Shs59, 286 at minimum rising to a maximum of Shs83, 717 which is a new scale.Previously, their maximum was Shs77, 840. However, inclusive Responsibility allowance this cadre of teacher will pocket in the range of Shs104, 644 (minimum) and Shs125, 573 (maximum).
Grade D3 draws Principals of Sub-county Boarding schools, Principals of Sub-county Day school, and Deputy Principals of Extra-county schools.
Deputy Principals III and Senior Master I who are in Grade D2 (T-Scale 12 – Job Group ‘N’) backdated from July 1st, 2017 will earn Shs59, 286 at minimum shooting to a maximum of Shs80, 242 which is a new scale. Previously, their maximum was Shs77, 840. However, inclusive Responsibility allowance, this group of teachers will pocket between Shs91, 041 and Shs109, 249 per month.
Grade D2 comprises of Deputy Principals of National schools, and Deputy Principals of Sub-county Boarding schools.
Senior Master IV, Senior Lecturer IV and Deputy Head Teacher II in Grade C4 (T-Scale 9 – Job Group ‘G’, ‘H’, ‘J’, ‘K’ and ‘L’) backdated from July 1st, 2017 will pocket Shs26,610, rising to a maximum of Shs46,912 which a new scale. Previously, their maximum was Shs47, 896.
States TSC Secretary/Chief Executive in a circular copied to Chief of Staff and Head of Public service, Dr Joseph Kinyua, Attorney-General, Githu Muigai, Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury, Henry Rotich, acting Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr Fred Matiang’i and KNUT Secretary-General, Wilson Sossion: “Reference is made to Circular 18/2017; Ref: TSC/ADM/192A/VOL.IX/20 dated July 28th, 2017 on matters regarding implementation of phase one of the CBA for teacher, July 1st, 2017 to June 30th 2018.
“The Commission wishes to bring to the attention of all teachers and stakeholders that the salary for teachers in T-Scale 13, T-Scale 12 and T-Scale 9 has been elongated.
“The matrix on Hardship, Commuter and Annual Leave allowances has also been revised accordingly as per Circular 09/2014 dated July 16th, 2014. All the other contents as provided in Circular 18/2017 dated July 28th, 2017 remain the same.”
The circular is also copied to the Cabinet Secretary for East African Community, Labour and Social Protection, Mrs Phyllis Kandie; Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Sicily Kariuki; Secretary/Chief Executive Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Anne Gitau; Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo and the Secretary-General, KUPPET, AkelloMisori.
The elongation of salary scales follows the recent release of new salary matrix and grading system for teachers in the Public Service.
Under the new dispensation, P1 teacher, the lowest grade in the Teaching Service at Job Group ‘G’ has been phased out.
This cadre of tutors will now be known as Primary Teacher II and will serve in Grade B5 which is equivalent to Job Group ‘H’.
They will earn Shs24,250 rising to a maximum of Shs27,195. They were earning Shs21,304 before the salary increments were effected on July 1st, 2017.
All teachers who were serving in Job Group ‘H’ (Primary Teacher I/Secondary Teacher II) were moved to Grade C1 which is an equivalent of Job Group ‘J’. They now pocket Shs31,956, rising to Shs33,994 from July 1st, 2018 in the final phase of the pay rise.