The new financial year brings good tidings for some 160,000 teachers as they are set to start earning new salaries from next month.
The increase in salaries for teachers holding administrative positions — senior teachers, deputy headteachers, headteachers, deputy principals, senior principals and chief principals — will cost the taxpayer Sh13 billion.
However, primary teacher II, primary teacher I, secondary teacher III, secondary teacher II, secondary teacher II and primary special needs education categories will not benefit from this third phase of implementation of the new salary structure as theirs was effected in only two phases starting July 2017.
The pay increase for the senior teachers is being implemented in four phases, until June 30, 2021. The second phase, which covered all teachers at a cost of Sh18 billion, will be concluded on June 30, 2019. The first phase, implemented from July 2017, cost Sh13.7 billion.
According to an implementation matrix signed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), teachers will continue getting other allowances, including house, hardship, commuter, annual leave and disability guide.
TSC stopped paying the Sh10,000 to teachers in special schools as allowance from July 1 last year and, instead, the money was consolidated with their salaries.