The Star (Nairobi)

2 September 2014

Kenya: 40,000 Teachers to Get Pay Rise in October

A record 40,000 teachers are set to benefit from promotions that will cost their employer Sh4.61 billion, starting next month.

The Teacher's Service Commission will effect the mass promotions that will include the elevation of some 7,600 teachers with foreign qualifications at various cadres who went for higher studies and who by January 8 this year had forwarded their academic testimonials to the commission.

The commission will spend Sh764 million in effecting the promotions of the diploma, degree and Master's programmes graduates.

The TSC in July last year froze the promotion of teachers as a result of limited budgetary allocations and due to exhaustion of available vacancies, after a high number of teachers pursued higher qualifications.

The commission has announced that it will resume the promotions with effect from October 1 and consequently adjust salaries for the teachers affected.

The bad news, however, is that the commission has said through a circular that it will not backdate the adjustments from the time the teachers presented their higher qualification details to their employer.

"These should be done for all cases received by the commission as at January 8, 2014. The effective date for all the promotions shall be with effect from October 1, 2014, irrespective of the date of graduation," said the circular.

Also set to benefit from the impending promotions are 7,577 teachers who have qualifications from foreign universities. Their promotion was set aside last year due to concerns that some diplomas and degrees were obtained from universities not accredited by their respective countries and therefore not recognized in Kenya.

"No suitability interviews will be conducted for the 7,577 cases as per the earlier procedure, irrespective of whether the institutions are local or international," said a circular dated August 13, 2014, and signed by Josephine Maundu, the Director in charge of Human Resource Management and Development.

Another 22,659 teachers in the payroll are also set to move to the next grade once the promotions are effected. They include common cadre promotions of diploma holders in Job Group J, and graduate teachers in job groups K and L with their upgrade projected to cost Sh3 billion.

The commission has also set aside Sh750 million for the promotion of some 4,711 teachers who have already undergone competitive interviews within job groups M, N, M, P, Q and R. This lot will be the happiest as their salaries will be backdated to July 1, 2014.

Some 160 A-level teachers who were on the TSC payroll as at October, 2010, will also be promoted with effect from next month at a cost of Sh39 million

"The commission agreed to promote A-level teachers in its employment as per an agreement signed in October, 2010, with Knut," said a circular signed by Evaleen Mitei for Commission secretary Gabriel Longoiboni.

"All cases of higher qualifications and A-levels should be finalized by October 30, 2014 and issuance of letters completed by September 30, 2014 to pave way for capturing the same on payroll from October 1, 2013," said the circular.

The commission will also complete the promotion of the remaining 5,000 P1 A-level teachers who were on the TSC payroll as at 2010 at a cost of Sh60 million. Salaries for this group will be backdated to July 1, 2014.

In June 2003, TSC promoted teachers with the same qualification but left out the group, which has been complaining of lack of parity in treatment. Those in this group are Arts teachers with 1 principle and 2 subsidiaries, excluding General subjects and their Sciences colleagues with 1 principle 1 subsidiary, excluding General subjects.

Those who have served for three years will be promoted to Approved Teacher Three with effect from October 1, 2014, while those who have served for SIX years will move to Approved Teacher Two in Job Group K. Those who have served for nine years will be promoted to Approved Teacher One of Job Group L with effect from next month.

The commission has also warned that teachers with adverse reports will not be upgraded, including those found unsuitable at the suitability interviews by quality assurance office.

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