Teachers and lecturers are a happy lot as they start a new week with good news on salary and allowances deals which will improve industrial harmony in the Education Sector in Kenya.
The Teachers Service Commission is set to host the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) in Naivasha to polish the new salary deal for 315, 000 teachers.
This will be a milestone and a major win for all teachers and KUPPET which has got a total of 125, 000 members.
At the University level, the 9, 000 staff will sign a sh 10 billion salary contract today with vice-chancellors for the 2017-2021 CBA.
The signing of the lecturers deal will be a culmination of the numerous meetings between University Academic Staff Union (UASU) and the Inter Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum (IPUCCF).
According to UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga, a joint technical committee is drafting the CBA which will be signed on Monday.
This means that the lecturers will enjoy backdated salaries to compensate the two years they missed out on the new pay adjustments.
Professors who have been earning a minimum salary of sh 170, 681 a month will have their pay increased to sh 209, 693 a month at the end of the 2021-2025 CBA.
Associate professors who presently earn sh 112, 038 will earn sh 144, 450 a month in the final year of the CBA.
Senior lecturers who currently earn sh 112, 038 a month will have their salaries increased to a maximum of sh 144, 450 for the next four years.
In summary, lecturers will get a pay rise of sh 4, 919 per year.
Assistant lecturers or tutorial fellows will have their salary increased to sh 5, 392.
Graduate assistants will have their pay increased annually by sh 2, 687- sh 3, 893.
TEACHERS’ SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES
For teachers, the four-day retreat in Naivasha is aimed at having the CBA signed to cover teachers’ salaries and allowances.
KUPPET officials were upbeat about the meeting.
They said that KUPPET is now the voice of teachers and they promised to negotiate for better terms for all teachers across Kenya.
A draft CBA which has been seen by The Sunday Standard lists several benefits including hefty salaries and allowances for teachers.
In the draft proposal, KUPPET is pushing for a 30-70 per cent increase and harmonization of some allowances.
The union is also introducing new allowances which it plans to discuss with the Teachers Service Commission this week.
This means the lowest-paid teachers (Grade C2) will have their salary increased to between sh 59, 425 and sh 74, 280.
Highest paid teachers (Grade D4) will have their pay adjusted to between sh 153, 715 and sh 184, 458 a month.
If the deal is signed, KUPPET agrees to have career progression in the teaching service implemented as provided in the TSC Code of Regulations.
This means the Teachers Service Commission will undertake annual performance appraisal of all teachers.