TSC: Pay Boom for all TSC Teachers as Commission Remits 2022 annual leave allowance for teachers as per the 2021-2025 CBA
TSC News Today 2022: Teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission TSC Kenya are all smiles today now that the Commission honoured its part of the bargain as pertains the 2021-2025 Collective bargaining agreement, CBA 2021-2025 by paying the 2022 TSC Annual leave allowance.
This pay has gladdened teachers and smitten their laden hearts owing to the harsh economic times ushered in by shortened term dates but constant fees aimed at recovering the lost academic year in 2020.
TSC To Slash Teachers’ Annual leave allowance for TPD
Earlier there emerged some unfounded claims that the Commission was planning to slash Teachers’ Annual leave allowance and use it to cater for the newly introduced contentious Teacher Professional Development, TPD Refresher Modules.
Good News as TSC Pays Annual leave allowance 2022
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has paid the new 2022 Annual Leave Allowance for teachers as contained in the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). According to the 2021-2025 CBA, teachers in grades B5 and C1 will earn the lowest annual leave allowance at Sh4,000.
The highest earner will walk home with Sh10,000 per year.
Leave Allowance for teachers set for review
TSC ANNUAL LEAVE ALLOWANCE PER JOB GROUP AS AGREED IN THE 2021-2025 CBA
Grade TSC Scale Annual Leave Allowance p.a
B5 5 4,000
C1 6 4,000
C2 7 6,000
C3 8 6,000
C4 9 6,000
C5 10 6,000
D1 11 10,000
D2 12 10,000
D3 13 10,000
D4 14 10,000
D5 15 10,000
TSC set to pay leave allowance as Kuppet demand a month salary as leave allowance
Teachers employed with Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are warming up as the Commission is set to pay them leave allowance in their January salary this week.
Teachers like other public service employees, are entitled to a number of leaves including a thirty days annual leave with full pay which can be applied during school holidays.
In the last Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between TSC and teachers unions in July 2021, the Commission outlined leave allowance rates as follows;
ANNUAL LEAVE ALLOWANCE
Grade Annual Leave Allowance
However according to Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), this amount is too little to be called annual leave allowance.
Kuppet has proposed salary and allowance changes for its teachers which include a new and enhanced leave allowance.
Kuppet argues that the economy has recovered from impact of Covid-19 pandemic and now wants the lowest-paid teacher to earn Sh59,425, up from Sh34,955.
PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE FOR GRADE C2 TEACHERS
Salary scale point Current Leave Allowance Proposed Leave Allowance
1 6000 27,325
2 6000 28,792
3 6000 30,335
4 6000 31,956
5 6000 32,988
6 6000 34,955
7 6000 36,280
8 6000 37,654
9 6000 39,081
10 6000 40,562
11 6000 42,099
12 6000 43,694
Should Kuppet salary proposal go through the highest-paid teacher will take home Sh153,715, up from Sh118,242.
Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori said the increment will translate to between 30-70 per cent for highest paid workers and the lowest earners. In a media briefing, the Kuppet official said they have informed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of the development and also issued timelines to guide the process.
“Upon the expiry of 21 days, the union will review the commission’s response before convening our organs to give further directions on the next course of action,” said Mr Misori.
This means that TSC has until mid-February to invite teachers to the negotiation table.
The teachers’ unions have come under sharp focus for signing a non-monetary collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that only provided for enhanced maternity benefits and lenient transfers to cushion couples.
PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE FOR GRADE C3 TEACHERS
Salary Scale point Current Leave Allowance Proposed Leave Allowance
1 6,000 33,908
2 6,000 34,570
3 6,000 35,167
4 6,000 35,837
5 6,000 36,536
6 6,000 37,087
7 6,000 37,867
8 6,000 38,677
9 6,000 39,532
10 6,000 41,417
11 6,000 43,391
12 6,000 45,463
113 6,000 47,624
14 6,000 49,912
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has also called for opening of fresh talks on the 2021-2025 CBA, saying the economy has recovered.
Knut Secretary-General Collins Oyuu, without giving timelines, said the talks must be concluded even as he indicated that the union had already kick-started negotiations with TSC.
“The last CBA catered much for administrators but this time round, we will make sure that teachers will have a chunk of what will be added in their salaries,” said Mr Oyuu.
Knut has, however, not indicated whether it will make fresh demands for salary raise or will stick to the old offer that was pitched under Wilson Sossion.
Knut had proposed a salary increment of between 120 to 200 per cent.
PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE FOR GRADE C4 TEACHERS
Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 6,000 35,927
2 6,000 37,495
3 6,000 39,136
4 6,000 40,849
5 6,000 42,642
6 6,000 45,463
7 6,000 47,624
8 6,000 49,912
9 6,000 51,632
Misori said when the unions and TSC signed the non-monetary CBA on July 13 last year, there was a freeze in salary reviews for the third public sector remuneration and benefits due to poor economic performance occasioned by Covid-19.
“The excuse of Covid-19 should no longer be used to deny teachers their deserved salary reviews,” said Misori, adding that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has been biased against teachers while favouring other civil servants.
The union argues that teachers, who are among the lowest paid public servants, have continued to slide into poverty due to sharp inflation over the last two years, while other public servants continue to enjoy higher salaries.