Teachers July Salaries: A shocking turn of events has followed the court ruling on Friday in which the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) won against the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Now 160,000 teachers in Kenya who were due to get a pay raise this July will no longer get the Sh. 13 billion raise.
This is after the labour court on Friday stopped further implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“The commission will be forced to recall the enhanced July salaries that had been programmed to be paid as phase two of the CBA, since the court, by stopping the implementation of career guidelines, has effectively stopped the implementation of the CBA,” TSC’s lead lawyer Timon Oyucho told the Sunday Nation.
Prior to the ruling, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between TSC and teachers’ unions on October 20, 2016, was to be implemented in four years for junior teachers and two phases for senior teachers.
The first phase was implemented on July 1, 2017, and the last will be paid out on June 30, 2021. The second phase of the CBA commenced on July 1, last year, and went on until June 30, 2019.
In this year’s pay hike, those who were to benefit were be teachers who hold administrative positions. However, according to the teachers CBA breakdown, primary teacher II, primary teacher I, secondary teacher III, secondary teacher II, secondary teacher II were not to benefit from the pay raise. The primary special needs education category would also not benefit. According to the CBA, these categories received pay raise in two phases only. The two phases commenced in July 2017.
Here is how Bizna Kenya had earlier reported on the salaries that these teachers were to get:
Chief principals earning a basic salary of between Sh. 111,201 and Sh. 152,937 will now earn between Sh. 121,814 and Sh. 157,656. Chief principals fall in Grade D5 (Job Group Q and R).
Senior principals in Grade D4 (Job Group P) earning between Sh. 99,730 and Sh. 114,432 will now take home between Sh. 109,249 and Sh. 118,169.
Principals in Grade D3 (Job Group M and N) earning between Sh. 77,840 and Sh. 90,612, will now take home between Sh. 93,850 and Sh. 102,802.
Deputy principals III, Grade D2 (Job Group N) earning between Sh. 71,565 and Sh. 85,269, will now earn Sh. 82,717 and Sh. 87,900.
Senior teachers, senior masters and deputy principals IV in Grade D1 (Job Group M and N) earning between Sh. 66,177 and Sh. 80,242, will now take home between Sh. 77,840 and Sh. 82,717 while headteacher, deputy headteacher I and senior master III in Grade C5 (Job Group G to M) earning between Sh. 40,849 and Sh. 60,000, will now take home between Sh. 51,632 and Sh. 62,272.
Deputy headteacher II in Grade C4 (Job Group G to L) earning between Sh. 35,927 and Sh. 49,912, will now take home between Sh. 45,287 and Sh. 51,632.
Secondary teacher I and senior teacher I Grade C3 (Job Group L) will now earn between Sh. 41,343 and Sh. 51,927 from the current salary of between Sh. 39,532 and Sh. 49,912.
Senior teacher II, secondary teacher II and secondary II UT and primary special need education teacher in Grade C2 (Job Group G to J) will earn between Sh. 31, 242 and Sh. 33,971 per month. These teachers are currently earning between Sh. 27, 325 and Sh. 32, 988.
The implementation of the four phase deal is expected to cost Sh. 54 billion (2017-2021).”