TSC: Current List of Allowances Paid to TSC-Employed Teachers per Job group, Grade 2021-2022
Teachers employed or deployed based on higher qualifications by the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, are entitled to different types of allowances.
TSC allowances encompass extra income paid to teachers employed on permanent and pensionable basis alongside their monthly salaries.
Unlike teachers’ basic salary which cuts across all the teachers in a particular job group or grade, Allowances paid by TSC are varied based on such factors as the location of one’s work station, number of responsibilities as dictated in the Teachers’ latest appointment letter and the type of learners handled- Special Needs Learners, SNE or regular ones.
See table showing all the TSC allowances per job group at the bottom of this post.
Whereas most allowances are paid on a monthly basis, others are paid annually- once a year.
Below is a description of the various types of allowances paid by TSC.
TSC Allowances 2021-2022; Classification
Allowances paid to teachers are classified as either remunerative or reimbursable.
Remunerative TSC allowances are paid together with a teacher’s salary whereas reimbursable TSC allowances are refundable upon application.
A. Remunerative allowances
There are two types of remunerative allowances;
Automatic TSC Allowances and
Those paid upon application
I. Automatic TSC allowances include:
medical (No longer paid to teachers; deducted and paid directly to Minet insurance and another is given to the NHIF)
House allowance is paid on a monthly basis to all teachers. It is paid on two criteria; Job grade and workstation. Teachers in higher job groups earn a higher house allowance than those in lower cadres. The salaries and remuneration commission, src, has also clustered teachers’ work station into four regions;
Former Major Municipalities (Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Thika, Kisii, Malindi and Kitale),
Other former Municipalities; Ruiru, Kikuyu, Kitui, Machakos, Mlolongo, Athi River, Vihiga, Wote, Mumias, Bomet, Limuru, Kericho, Kimilili, Kakamega, Kapsabet, Kiambu, Bungoma, Webuye, Busia, Runyenjes, Migori, Embu, Homa Bay, Lodwar, Meru, Nyahururu, Nanyuki, Maua, Voi, Siaya, Chuka and Kerugoya/ Kutus
Other areas; this include all regions not mentioned in bullet 1-3 above.
Teachers working in Nairobi draw the largest amount of house allowance whereas those plying their trade in reserves (other areas) receive the lowest amounts. (Details on the table at the bottom end of this article).
TSC pays monthly hardship allowance to teachers working in areas prone to insecurity, high risks and harsh climatic conditions. The commission has designated various areas as hardship. The allowance is paid according to a teacher’s grade. Those in higher job grades earn more than their counterparts in lower cadres. (see table below; bottom end of the article).
Commuter allowance is paid to all teachers on a monthly basis. Payment of this allowance is solely dependent on the teacher’s job group. (See tabulated figures below; scroll to the bottom of the page)
Leave allowance is a yearly allowance paid together with the January Salary of the preceding year. It is given as per a teacher’s grade; with those in higher job grades earning more.
II. TSC Allowances paid on application include:
a. Responsibility allowance
This is paid to headteachers,deputy headteachers and senior teachers who are at Job Group K and below.
b. Special duty allowance
This is payable to teachers below job group M appointed to administrative posts by commission and deployed in arid and semi-arid lands.
c. Readers allowance
This is paid to a visually impaired teacher who has engaged a reader whose minimum qualification is not below KCSE D+/KCE Division III. The allowance is paid at a fixed rate determined from time to time by the commission.
Also called facilitation or aid allowance, reader’s allowance is paid at a rate of Sh15,000 per month to the blind teachers and those confined to wheel chairs by virtue of their disability.
d. Interpreters Allowance
This is payable to deaf teachers who engage interpreters while on study leave. Special school allowance -This is paid to teachers specialized in special needs education and who have been deployed to teach in special schools or units.
e. Transfer Allowance
This is payable to teachers who have been transferred from one workstation to another, provided the transfer is initiated by the Commission. It is equivalent to a teacher’s basic pay for one month.
B. Reimbursable Expenses
The commission reimburses the following expenses to teachers
I. Travelling expenses:
The teacher is eligible for reimbursement only in the following circumstances;
Where a teacher’s interdiction has been revoked.
While traveling to attend an interview
Travelling to a station on first posting outside home District
Traveling from duty station outside home District on retirement
Teachers working in hardship areas travelling to and from home during school holidays.The teacher’s home District must be outside the hardship area.
Teachers should apply on prescribed forms attaching supporting documents.
II. Quota per diem:
This is daily subsistence allowance paid to teachers on official assignment. Application must be made at least 14 days before travelling.