New Teachers CBA: Classroom teachers have scored a major win in the upcoming collective bargaining agreement. The teachers are set to earn higher salaries after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) new job evaluation procedure finally recognized their huge role in school. A report by the SRC has disclosed that the last job evaluation favoured headteachers and left classroom teachers in a disadvantaged position, which limited the amount of raise they got.
“The report shows the present job descriptions of the classrooms teachers, based on the 2016/2017 evaluation, grossly undervalued their worth, resulting in poor pay. It discloses that the present Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), implemented based on the last job evaluation, heavily favoured head teachers as it did not aptly capture classroom teachers’ job descriptions,” a report that appeared in The Standard newspaper said.
The SRC report noted that there were significant disparities in the compensation and career progression between the institutional administrators. “Classroom teachers in the teaching profession as the job evaluation results for 2016/2017 did not adequately cater for the remuneration of classroom teachers. This might be attributed to poor development of job descriptions in 2016,” it said.
The 2021/2022 – 2024/2025 remuneration review cycle, which will be used to negotiate the next phase of teachers’ salaries, now captures their true worth and outlines an elaborate job description which will form basis for pay negotiations for the 2021/2025 CBA.
The report by The Standard further says that the SRC has also collapsed remuneration of head teachers based on categories of schools, noting this has occasioned serious administrative challenges in appointment, deployment and transfer of teachers. “TSC’s administrative and contractual mandate to deploy and re-assign institutional administrators has been severely curtailed by the categorization,” it quoted the SRC’s report.
“Introduction of CBC significantly varied the scope and the job content of teachers’ duties and responsibilities, consequently the TSC has developed and submitted more comprehensive job descriptions on the same.” This implies that teachers job descriptions will capture their new roles under the CBC, which will further influence better raise for classroom teachers.
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