The Teachers Service Commission and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) have finally reached an agreement.
The organization added a clause to the 2021–25 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with TSC to protect teachers from new statutory deductions and the high cost of living.
The union’s secretary general presided over the signing, which took place at the Kenya School of Government.
A basic pay review of up to 9.5 percent for the lowest-paid teachers and 2.4 percent for the highest-paid teachers are two financial advantages of the addition.
The salary increase will be backdated to July 1st.
The deal will see the house allowances for teachers working in rural areas and small towns reviewed.
According to the signed CBA, Teachers serving at Teacher Grade C2 (the entry level for graduate teachers) will see their basic pay rise by up to Sh4,164, those at C3 will get Sh5,141 while the highest (DS) will earn an increase of Sh4,883.
During the talks, KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori strongly opposed a ceiling by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for teachers on Grade CS.
“The two sides will revisit the matter administratively once all the data is shared,” Misori said.
Teachers in rural areas and emerging towns will also receive a house allowance rise of between Sh2,100 per month for grade C2 and Sh8,700 per month for grade D4.
“This follows the merger of geographical Cluster 4 with Cluster 3 in the determination of house allowances.
“KUPPET will continue to negotiate for full harmonisation of house allowances with the rates for Nairobi City, as is the case in commuter allowances,” Misori said.
Full harmonisation of house allowance was a key demand of teachers’ unions in addition to the basic pay increase of between 30-70 percent.
TSC has announced that all teachers will receive their salaries before the end of the month.