Teachers in administrative positions are the major beneficiaries of a new salary increase for teachers in Kenya whose implementation will start on July 1.
An analysis of the implementation schedule that was signed on Friday between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and union leaders indicate that, a teacher in administrative position currently taking home Sh16, 692 as basic salary will earn Sh62,272 at the end of four years.
TEACHER IN KENYA SALARY INCREMENT 2017
The new pay structure has grades B5, C1- C5 and D1 – D5. B5 is the lowest grade, C1-C5 mid level while D1-D5 are the highest grades.
Previously, teachers were graded in Job Groups G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q and R.
The P1 grade was abolished and teachers in Job Group G upgraded to Job Group B5 (former Job Group H) while those in Job Group H will move to Grade C1 (former Job Group J.)
The lowest paid teacher Kenya in grade B5 will earn between Sh21,756 and Sh27,195 up from the previous Sh16,672 and Sh21,304.
Teachers in grade C1-C5 will earn between Sh27,195 to Sh33,994 up from Sh19,323 to Sh26,442.
The highest paid teachers (grade D1-D5) will now earn between Sh131,380 and Sh157,656 up from a previous salary scale of between Sh109,089 and Sh144,928.
School principals, their deputies and senior teachers fall in this category.
Their salaries are pegged on responsibilities and accountability rather than academic qualification.
This means a teacher in Kenya who holds a Masters degree can earn less than a teacher with a degree or certificate but holds an administrative position.
TSC SALARY INCREMENT IMPLEMENTATION FOR KENYAN TEACHERS
The Sh54 billion salary increase deal will benefit 305,000 teachers across the country and will run until June 30, 2021. The agreement also abolished the P1 teacher position.