The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has started to effect payment of teachers December 2023 salaries.
Teachers on permanent employment, those on contract as well as the interns can now be assured that they will get their December salaries early before Christmas.
The Commission yesterday initiated payment of teachers third party obligations. TSC made payment to third parties like Knut, Kuppet and insurance companies.
On monthly basis, TSC makes deductions on teachers payslips which include contributions to Sacco through check off system.
Some teachers have insurance policies and pay monthly premiums while others pay monthly hire purchase installments for properties they own.
Other deductions include loans, Knut, Kuppet, House Levy, NHIF and NSSF. TSC make these deductions first before releasing salaries to teachers accounts.
Third party deductions happen just a few days before salaries hit teachers bank and Sacco accounts. Teachers usually receive their December salaries on 18th of that month.
In recent weeks Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Njuguna Ndung’u had caused panic among teachers when he revealed that the government is broke and may not pay December salaries.
While appearing before Parliamentary Budget Committee, CS Ndung’u said the government is going through turbulent times and is struggling to pay salaries for government officials.
He blamed the severe droughts which was then followed by the devastating el nino rains that has caused shortfall in revenue collection.
“In last one year we have had severe drought and el nino rains. In both cases we have reallocated supplementary budget, recurrent budget and even development budget to save lives. At the same time those situations have created a recession, we are not collecting enough tax revenues,” said Ndung’u.
He said the budget shortfall will affect both salary payments and the government development plans.
However details now show that teachers salaries will be paid uninterrupted by TSC.
Recently government was forced to pay Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) employees over four hundred million shillings for their salaries with arrears.
The employees had gone for five good months without pay. ICT CS Eliud Owalo was cornered over the unpaid staff.
TSC is under pressure to pay P1 teachers it promoted through deployment to junior secondary school.
Many of these teachers have not received salary changes since March when they first started to teach in Grade 7.