NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with teachers’ unions that will see the tutors get a major salary hike with the lowest paid taking home Sh27,195 up from Sh21,756.
According to the agreement, the lowest paid secondary school teachers will also have their salary increased to Sh34,955, up from the current Sh31,020.
“It is a big win. Everything has been reviewed including all the grades. All of them are moving forward. Yes, there are some other pending issues but as you know, Rome was not built in a day,” the Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion stated.
Under the new deal, the current grading system caps the overall salary of the highest paid teacher at Sh157,656.
The greatest beneficiaries will be primary school heads, their deputies and the secondary school principals and their deputies.
The CBA agreement expands the grading structure of the top cadre of teachers.
It has also created distinct career paths for all teachers in what is said to be a new paradigm shift in the remuneration of teachers meant to ensure that both the teachers in administrative and non-administrative positions have clear career progression paths.
The scrapping of the P1 teachers and upgrading of the entry level is expected to create a leeway for career advancement for teachers.
This is the first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to be entered into by Knut and TSC and negotiations have been going on since June and will bind the parties from 2017 – 2021.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia indicated that a detailed and comprehensive implementation modalities and timelines will be worked out before the commencement of the CBA which takes effect from July 1, next year.
She said the CBA was developed through an elaborate consultative process involving key government agencies, among them the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the National Treasury.
TSC will develop career guidelines for the respective cadres to actualize career progression, in line with the agreement.