The three schemes of service for teachers in public service have been collapsed into one, with clear salary scales for each grade and clear career progression paths. The new Common Establishment Grades (CEG) scheme, backdated to November 8, 2017, was arrived at following job evaluations by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
The scheme establishes 68 pay grades for teachers in primary, secondary, middle-level colleges and special schools following recommendations by SRC.
The new structures are contained in a circular prepared by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). The circular was released on Monday. Commission CEO Nancy Macharia said the new grading system replaces the three schemes of service for non-graduate, graduate and technical teachers/lecturers. “Now we have eight grades for primary school teachers, 10 grades for secondary school teachers, six for teachers at Centre for Mathematics, Science Technology Education in Africa (Cemastea) and eight for teachers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions,” Ms Macharia said.
There are now seven grades for teachers in teacher training colleges (TTCs), eight for teachers in Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), five in Specials Needs Education (SNE) for primary schools, eight for SNE secondary schools and eight grades for teachers in SNE TVET institutions. The circular No. 15/2018 details new policies and procedural changes by the commission aimed at professionalising the teaching service. It takes into account the job evaluation report done by SRC. In addition, the recently introduced career progression guidelines provide all the basic requirements for professional growth, training and promotion of teachers.