TSC Salaries Shocker for Promoted Teachers Following a Huge Disconnect Between the Pay Rise Stated in their Promotion Letters and Teachers’ CBA
The Teachers service commission, TSC is a constitutional government agency that draws its mandate from article 237 of the Constitution to perform functions such as recruiting and promoting teachers in Kenya.
Besides this the Commission is mandated is to register, hire, transfer, deploy and exercise disciplinary control over all teachers countrywide.
TSC Promotions for Teachers
TSC Promotions are classified into two broad categories namely: competitive Promotions and automatic promotions for common cadre grades whereby the teachers are moved to the next grade without being subjected to any interviews after serving the Commission for a given period.
Earlier this year, approximately 32, 000 teachers were shortlisted for competitive TSC promotional interviews to fill 16, 152 available administrative slots.
The teachers turned up for the interviews up in designated TSC county offices countrywide.
Since the commission only wanted to fill 16000 vacancies due to limited funding by the government, it had to use a selection criteria which emphasised on gender, regional balance, experience, and affirmative action to sieve the interviewees.
However, from the look of things, the Teachers Service Commission, TSC must have considered the teachers’ length of service since the majority of those who were promoted to grade C4 have served for over 10 years in Grade C4.
TSC Promotion Letters
Lucky teachers who got upgraded received their promotion letters in May 2021 stating their new responsibilities, new T-Scales, and higher salaries.
Out of the 16000 lucky tutors, slightly over 6000 of them represent those that had stagnated in job group L or C3 for years.
It was all smiles for this lot that had stayed in one grade for an average period of 10 years without any annual salary increment that is meant to cushion workers against inflation and other vagaries.
Below is a sample letter of Promotion to senior master IV which is an entry grade to administration.
The letter clearly stipultes the new responsibilities the teachers will be undertaking upon assuming their new roles.
The teachers are to remain in their current stations contrary to what many believed. There were fears that teachers would be delocalized to other areas upon Promotions.
Another important thing to note about the new position is that the performance will be based on annual performance contracting for school administrators.
New Salaries for TSC Promoted Teachers
According to the letter, the annual salary for teachers in this grade ranges from ksh 627,696-667,248 besides other allowances. This brings the maximum for this job group to Ksh 55,000 per month.
However, a close look at the CBA 2017, the basic salary for job group C4 ranges between ksh 52,308-65,385 as shown below.
The new salary therefore is lower than what the CBA had stated. Take a quick look at the image below
Hope the commission will move with speed and correct this anomaly, otherwise teachers won’t feel the monetary impact of the promotion.
All the best to the new administrators. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments on this on our comments platform.