The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will not consider additional academic qualifications in the promotion of teachers, dealing a blow to thousands who went for further studies in the quest for increased pay.
New guidelines note that TSC will increasingly rely on professional in-service training, availability of funds, job experience and minimum qualification’s per grade to guide promotion of teachers.
The guidelines does not mention those who have attained higher academic qualifications, and only notes that a degree will be the minimum qualification for primary school head teachers and their deputies.
Secondary school principals and their assistants will require a master’s degree
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has been pushing for the promotion of teachers who have attained higher qualifications since 2014, arguing that more than 30,000 of them are in line promotion after attaining degrees and masters’ grades.
In a circular to TSC county directors and other education officials dated May 2, TSC Chief Executive officer Nancy Macharia said the guidelines are effective November 8, 2017.
“The guidelines effectively replaces the following; scheme of service for non-graduate teachers, scheme of service for graduate teachers and scheme of service for technical teachers and lecturers,” said Mrs Macharia.
The guidelines affects more than 302, 900 teachers in TSC payroll and whose pay stood at Sh180 billion last year or third of the Sh549 billion public sector wage bill.