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The implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission which brought to an end the “solidarity forever for the union makes us strong” chants that Kenyan teachers have been taking on the streets now and then in July 2020 saw some teachers get promoted hence better salaries. This project is currently in its final phase, which is expected to run between  2020-2021.

However, some tutors haven’t and will not benefit from the fourth phase as they did in the first and the second phase.

New TSC salaries and grading system

Here is the latestbbreakdown of the new TSC salaries and grading system for teachers in 2020.



TSC new grading system

The current TSC upgrading of teachers led to the scrapping off of some job groups and merging of others.



Under the new system of grading tutors, the grade that was previously known as P1, which was under Job Group G, was scrapped off and replaced with Grade B5.


This grade was designated as the new entry grade for all tutors at the primary school level



The other grades that followed were re-structured and re-named as follows:

J to C1
K to C2
L to C3
M to C4
N to C5


Apart from job groups J to N, there was another rank that belonged to the higher band which was designated as P, Q and R.

These three were later renamed to:

P to D1
Q to D2
R to D3

The Kenyan National Union of Teachers requested for an additional job groups S and T, which the commission granted.


Under the new grading, the two categories were named D4 and D5, respectively.


The chief principals now fall under category D5 of the new grading system.

Through a Circular released by TSC, some clarifications have been made that will end the speculations about the July salary increment for teachers.

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Teachers who have stayed in the same job group for more than 3 years will be promoted to the next job group.


This is according to TSC policy under the schemes of service or career progression. Therefore all teachers eligible for promotion will be promoted as per the existing POLICIES guiding promotions.

TSC stated categorically that at No point has the Commission stated that Knut members will not be promoted. Instead,They will be promoted based on the following Schemes Of Service:

1:Available vacancies in the next job group.

2:Upon completion of Teacher Proficiency Course.

3:Job group C3 which was formally L cannot move to M since M is recognised only under Career Progression and teachers will in this job group be subjected to an interview.

Meanwhile,All teachers who at B5 will move automatically to C1,joining C1 at the next Salary band. This is because CPG made B5 to C1 a common cadre promotion for P1 teachers without subjecting them to Teacher Proficiency just like J to K and K to L(C1 to C2 and C2 to C3) respectively.

Teachers in job group B5(H) will have their salary increased from 24,000-27,000.


Those in C1(J) will have their new salary starting from 28,000-35,000 while those in C2(K) increased between 34,000-43,000.


Majority of teachers are in job group C3(L) and their salaries will now range from 42,000-53,000 while in C4(M) new salary will be 52,000-62,000.



In job group C5(N) new salary will range from 62,000-77,000While D1(P) will now be between 76,000-93,000.

Some tutors will have to walk home empty-handed since their increment was concluded during the first two phases of CBA implementation.


Secondary school tutors under the current job group C2, formerly known as job group K with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or any other of its equivalent, did not  receive any pay rise during this 3rd and fourth phase.

It means that the TSC job group k salary scale remains at a minimum of Ksh. 34, 955, and a maximum of Ksh. 43, 694.

Similarly, some secondary school teachers salary in Kenya will not be affected as they belong to the non-increment group for the third and fourth phase. The other categories of trainers whose salary increment was only scheduled for the 1st and 2nd phase are:

Secondary school tutors with a Diploma in Education (grade C1)
Primary tutors at job group B5.

The Teachers Service Commission has already presented a new CBA to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. 


In the new proposal, classroom teachers are set to reap big to bridge the huge salary gaps between them and school administrators.

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