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TSC: We won’t slash teachers salaries

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Teachers Salaries Kenya: The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced that slashing teachers salaries is currently not in its plans. This follows fears by teachers in public primary, secondary, teacher training and technical colleges employed by the government that TSC will slash salaries now that the 2020 academic has been cancelled.

Schools in Kenya were closed in March following the first case of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Since then, teachers have been earning their full salaries.

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“As of now, there is no plan to stop paying teachers. This is because it is not the teacher who has refused to go to class. Schools are closed due to the Covid-19. If the teacher is called upon to resume teaching, they will do so the following day, so long as conditions are right,” Beatrice Wababu, the Teachers Service Commission Director of Communications told a local daily.

Ms. Wababu added that the commission cannot penalize the teachers for a problem they did not create until it is decided otherwise. According to TSC records, teachers in public schools are paid Sh. 20.6 billion in salaries per month, bringing the annual cost in salaries to Sh. 247.2 billion.

“The teachers also enjoy a medical cover by AON Minet. The cover cost TSC Sh. 9 billion last year. It will cost the commission Sh. 12 billion this year and Sh. 14 billion next year. Under the scheme, teachers have their inpatient medical benefits raised to Sh. 750,000 for those under the lowest job group G (or B5) to a maximum of Sh. 2.5 million for highest paid staff under job group R (or D4). Overall, some 1,006,673 beneficiaries are registered under the scheme,” the report in the daily said.

However, the fate of teachers in private schools remains unclear. This is because the government has remained non-committal on providing a rescue package to the teachers. The teachers have not earned any salary since March when the school calendar was suspended. Teachers Salaries Kenya.

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