A number of teachers will get a hefty pay after the national budget is presented in Parliament on Thursday next week.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is already working on its June payroll as the 2022 – 2023 financial year is coming to a close.
The Commission hinted on the categories of teachers who are lined up to get their salaries with arrears this month.
1. Primary school teachers deployed to junior secondary school
Among those planned to get salaries with arrears are PTE teachers who were deployed to teach Grade 7 learners.
Only a small number of the teachers have received their salaries this month and were in large part without arrears.
The first cohorts, who applied by 6th February 2023, were deployed to junior secondary schools after their documents were verified by their Sub County Directors and were issued with deployment letters.
The deployment (posting) letters for the graduate teachers showed they will start at job group C2 where they will earn a gross salary of ksh 58,335 per month.
TSC in a circular dated 17th February 2023 had said it received a total of 10,833 requests from qualified primary school teachers for deployment to Junior Secondary Schools.
However only around 7,400 teachers qualified and were posted to start teaching grade 7 learners.
To hasten payment for the deployed teachers TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia gave clear directive to Sub County Directors and Primary Headteachers releasing and receiving the teachers.
“Immediately the teachers are deployed to JSS, the County Directors shall initiate posting on the Posting, Entry/ Exit Reports Module to the Sub-County. The Sub-County Director shall post the teachers to JSS,” said TSC CEO Nancy Macharia in the circular.
She ordered Heads of Institution (HOI) releasing the teachers to immediately exit them through the submission of Exit Reports to enable the receiving Head of Institution to submit the Entry Report.
2. Newly recruited JSS teachers who missed pay with arrears
The Commission will also pay the newly recruited junior secondary school teachers. These include both intern teachers and those employed on permanent terms.
TSC had hired 35,550 JSS teachers but 17,800 of them had not been paid. Though majority received their salaries with arrears this month a small number did not get the boom.
3. Teachers promoted to next job group
Any teacher who was promoted to next job group but missed the salary arrears, will get the pay boom this month.
Some teachers were promoted from B5 to C1 others from C1 to C2 according to Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) but have not been paid the salary changes.
The Commission will clear the backlog by paying the teachers their dues next week.
4. Any pending arrears.
TSC will pay teachers with any pending arrears. For example a school that is in hardship zone and its teachers did not enjoy the hardship allowance for some months because of the school missing a code, the teachers will be paid the arrears if the school got a code and is listed among the hardship schools.
Another example is if a teacher was interdicted his case concluded and was reinstated in the payroll, TSC will pay the teacher with arrears.