Teachers in Kenya have asked Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) to triple their salaries within the next two year for 2021-2023.
This was contained in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) entered into which is expected to replace the current CBA92017-2021).
According to an Online report, Daily Nation revealed that The Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT)wants the basic salary of the lowest paid teacher, currently earning Sh27,195,increased to Sh65,268.
Part of Agreement also wants Secondary Teacher I and Senior Teacher I to be paid Sh129,462 as basic salary while the union also proposes annual increments to be awarded from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, and that house allowances be adjusted by 50 per cent effective from July 1, 2021.
On risk allowance, Knut wants all teachers handling technical and science subjects to benefit at the rate of 10 per cent of their basic salary adding that it further wants hardship allowances
increased from Sh38,100 for principals and Sh6,600 for classroom teachers to between Sh32,634 and Sh144,518.
The union also wants commuter allowances increased from Sh4,000 to Sh16,000 to Sh6,000 to Sh24,000, while leave allowance should be equivalent of one month’s salary and payable once a year.
In a similar development, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is also proposing a salary increase of between 30 and 70 per cent in the 2021-2025 CBA.
It wants the salary of lowest paid teacher get Sh36, 985, with house allowances for teachers everywhere to range between Sh6,750 and Sh45,000.
TSC boss Nancy Macharia said the commission was also looking at the proposal by Kuppet on harmonising house allowances for teachers so that it is based on job group and not geographical location.
“It was agreed that there shall be a joint retreat between TSC and Kuppet to not only to evaluate the progress and gaps in the implementation of the current CBA, but to also lay the ground for the next CBA,” she said after meeting Kuppet recently.