TSC Salaries 2020: NO Pay Cuts for TSC Teachers in Kenya amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
Teachers to receive full salaries even as some employers push for Pay Cuts and Unpaid Leaves for their staff to Cushion Businesses
The slightly over 300, 000 TSC employed teachers shall continue receiving full salaries in the wake of coronavirus pandemic which has forced senior government officials including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to reduce their salaries.
Speaking to The Standard, TSC Head of Communications Ms. Beatrice Wababu said that TSC teachers in Kenya should hold their horses and avoid panicking over possible pay cuts.
“We want to assure teachers that their March salaries will be paid in full before the end of the month.”
According to the 2016-2021 Central Bargaining Agreement, CBA, the lowest-paid teacher in Job Group B5 (Primary Teacher II formerly known as Job Group G) will receive Kshs 24, 476.
Secondary Teacher III and Primary Teacher I who currently fall under Job Group C1 (formerly known as Job Groups H and J) will earn Kshs 30, 595.
Secondary Teacher II who currently falls under Job Group C2 (formerly known as Job Groups K) will earn Kshs 39, 595.
Chief Principals on the other hand who currently fall under Job Group D5 (formerly known as Job Groups Q and R) will pocket Kshs 139, 735.
This assurance comes at a time when Kenya’s economy is stagnating following the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country, a thing which has generated fears of delayed or partially paid teachers’ salaries by the TSC.
The number of coronavirus positive cases in Kenya is 28 after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced three new cases of infection on Wednesday March 25, 2020.
President Uhuru ordered a total shut down of all schools and other learning institutions such as TVET colleges, universities, and polytechnics to contain the spread of coronavirus in Kenya.
Pay Cuts and Unpaid Leave
Some employers especially those in the private sector are already pushing for pay cuts and unpaid leaves for their staff to cushion businesses.
New salaries after Pay Cuts
According to the President, the following key government officials will receive lower salaries effective April 2020 to protect the Kenyan economy. Their new salaries will be as outlined below:
|Cabinet Member (Rank)||Number||Initial Salary per month (before the pay cut)||Pay Cut (in terms of percentage)||New Salary per month after Pay cut (Effective April 2020)||Reason|
|Kenya’s President||1||Kshs 1.44 million||80%||Kshs 750, 000||Coronavirus pandemic|
|Kenya’s Deputy President||1||Kshs 1.22 million||80%||Kshs 245, 000||Coronavirus pandemic|
|Cabinet Secretaries||21||Kshs 924, 000||30%||Kshs 646, 000||Coronavirus pandemic|
|Principal secretaries||44||Kshs 755, 000||20%||Kshs 612, 000||Coronavirus pandemic|
NEW SALARIES AFTER PAY CUTS FOR KENYA’S CABINET
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new salary will be Kshs 288, 750 lower than the initial Kshs 1.44 million before Coronavirus pandemic came knocking forcing him to bear the brunt of an eighty percent pay cut.
Deputy President William Ruto has not been spared too. His new salary effective April 2020 will stand at Kshs 245, 000 a huge drop from Kshs 1.22 million per month after the 80% pay cut.
Cabinet Secretaries will also have to stomach a 30% pay cut from April 2020. Their salaries will reduce from Kshs 924 000 to Kshs 646 000 per month.
Lastly, Kenya’s Principal Secretaries will have to bear with a 20% pay cut in April 2020. Their salary will be reduced from Kshs 755,000 to Kshs 612, 000 per month.
Other measures given by President Uhuru Kenyatta to shield the Kenyan economy at the wake of coronavirus pandemic include
Tax Reduction and Reliefs in Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta has reduced Kenya’s Value Added Tax from 16% to 14%. The president also reduced Pay As You Earn, PAYE from a maximum of 30% to 25%.
Kenyans earning Below Kshs 24, 000, will enjoy 100% tax relief.
No Kenyan will be blacklisted by the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) for failure to repay loans during the era of the Coronavirus pandemic in Kenya.
NOTE: PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC ILLNESSES AND THE ELDERLY (58 YEARS AND ABOVE) IN KENYA HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO EITHER TAKE A LEAVE OR WORK FROM HOME TO AVOID UNNECESSARY EXPOSURE TO THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS/ COVID 19.