A simplified explanation of the new TSC job grades and salary scales

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has developed new job grades for teachers under the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG). These grades replaces the former job groups that were identified by alphabetical letters A to R.

Each of this grade is attached to a TSC salary scale.

THE NEW TEACHERS’ GRADES 

S/NOCURRENT GRADEFORMER GRADEDESIGNATION
1C2KSecondary Teacher II
2C3LSecondary Teacher I
3C4NEW GRADEDeputy Headteacher
4C5MSenior Master II
5D1M & NDeputy Principal IV & Senior Master II
6D2N.Deputy Principal III
7D3M & NPrincipals
8D4PSenior Principals
9D5Q & RChief Principals

 

Also read; TSC Latest guidelines on promotion and appointment of school administrators (Principals, Head Teachers, Deputies, Senior Teachers and Masters)

The new teachers’ job grades.

Here is a summary of the newly established TSC teachers job grades;

S/NJob group/ gradeTeachers placed in the gradeQualifications/ Entry to the grade
1Grade B5 (T- Scale 5)Established for Primary Teacher IIThis is the entry grade for primary school teachers
2Grade C1 (T- Scale 6)For Secondary Teacher III, Lecturer III and Primary Teacher IThis is an entry grade for secondary school teachers who are holders of Diploma in Education.
3Grade C2 (T- Scale 7)For Secondary Teacher II, SNE Teacher II (Primary Schools), Lecturer II and Senior Teacher IIThis is an entry grade for secondary school teachers who are holders of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or its equivalent. It is also a promotional grade for holders of Diploma in Education.
4Grade C3 (T- Scale 8)A grade established for Secondary Teacher I, Lecturer I, SNE Teacher I (Primary Schools), SNE Teacher II (Secondary Schools) and Senior Teacher IThis is a promotional grade for teachers in secondary school.
5Grade C4 (T- Scale 9)Established for Senior Master IV, Senior Lecturer IV, SNE Senior Teacher (Primary Schools), SNE Teacher I (Secondary Schools) and Deputy Head Teacher IIThis is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools.
6Grade C5 (T- Scale 10)For Deputy Principal IV, Senior Master III, Senior Lecturer III, Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Curriculum Support Officer II.This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools.
7Grade D1 (T- Scale 11)Made up of Senior Master II, Deputy principal III, Senior Head Teacher, Senior Lecturer II and Curriculum Support Officer IThis is a promotional and an entry grade for Deputy Principals in secondary schools. To get appointed to this promotional grade, one must have served as Senior Master III T-Scale 10 for a minimum period of three (3) years; among other requirements.
8Grade D2 (T- Scale 12)Deputy Principal II and Senior Master IThis is a promotional position for Deputy Principals in secondary schools. One must have served as Deputy Principal III or Senior Master II T-Scale 11 for a minimum period of three (3) years; so as to get promoted. This is additional to other requirements as outlined by the Commission.
9Grade D3 (T- Scale 13)Principals and Deputy Principal IThis is a promotional grade for Deputy Principals in secondary schools. Among others, the two basic requirements for appointment to this grade are: a teacher must have served as Deputy Principal II or Senior Master I T-Scale 12 for a minimum period of three (3) years and be a holder of Master’s degree in a relevant area.
10Grade D4 (T- Scale 14)A job group for Senior principalsThis is a promotional grade for administrators in secondary schools. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment. To get appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Principal/Deputy Principal I T-Scale 13 for a minimum period of three (3) years and also be a holder of Master’s Degree in a relevant area; on top of other conditions as set by the Commission.
11 Grade D5 (T- Scale 15)This is the job group for all Chief Principals.This is the highest grade that can be attained by a secondary school teacher. This is a promotional grade for administrators in secondary schools. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment. To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Senior Principal T-Scale 14 for a minimum period of three (3) years and be a holder of Master’s Degree in a relevant area.

Get a simplified explanation of these grades below;

Primary School Teachers’ Job Grades

S/NO.CategoryDesignation TitleGradeT-Scale
1Primary TeacherPrimary Teacher IIB55
2Primary TeacherPrimary Teacher IC16
3Senior TeacherSenior Teacher IIC27
4Senior TeacherSenior Teacher IC38
5Deputy Head TeacherDeputy Head Teacher IIC49
6Deputy Head TeacherDeputy Head Teacher IC510
7Head TeacherHead TeacherC510
8Head TeacherSenior Head TeacherD111

1). Primary teacher II (T- Scale 5): 

This is an entry grade for Primary school teachers. The basic requirements for this grade are: having a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum mean Grade C (Plain) or other recognized equivalent qualifications; and must be in possession of a Primary Teacher Certificate (PTE) or its approved equivalent;

2). Primary Teacher I (T- Scale 6): 

This is a promotional grade for primary school teachers. Among other requirements, to get promoted to this grade one must have served as Primary Teacher II T-Scale 5 for a minimum period of three (3) years

3). Senior Teacher II (T- Scale 7): 

This is a promotional grade and an entry to the administrative cadre. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

One of the major requirement to get promoted to this grade is that one must have served as Primary Teacher I T-Scale 6 for a minimum period of three (3) years.

4). Senior Teacher I (T- Scale 8): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in Primary Schools. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

To get promoted to this grade one must have served as Senior Teacher II T- Scale 7 for a minimum period of three (3) years; among other conditions for promotion.

5). Deputy Head Teacher II (T- Scale 9): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in primary schools. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

To be promoted to this grade a teacher must have served as Senior Teacher I T- Scale 8 for a minimum period of three (3) years; have satisfactory rating in the performance appraisal; among other requirements.

6). Deputy Head Teacher I (T- Scale 10): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in primary schools. One must have served as Deputy Head Teacher II T-Scale 9 for a minimum period of three (3) years so as to garner promotion to this grade; on top of other requirements.

7). Head Teacher (T- Scale 10): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in primary schools. Among other requirements, one must have served as Deputy Head Teacher II TSC Scale 9 for a minimum period of three (3) years in order to be promoted to this grade.

8). Senior Head Teacher (T- Scale 11): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in primary schools. A major requirement is one must have served as Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher I T-Scale 10 for a minimum period of three (3) years so as to be promoted to this grade.

Secondary School Teachers’ Job Grades

S/NO.CategoryDesignation TitleGradeT-Scale
1Secondary TeacherSecondary Teacher IIIC16
2Secondary TeacherSecondary Teacher IIC27
3Secondary TeacherSecondary Teacher IC38
4Senior MasterSenior Master IVC49
5Senior MasterSenior Master IIIC510
6Senior MasterSenior Master IID111
7Senior MasterSenior Master ID212
8Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal IVC510
9Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal IIID111
10Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal IID212
11Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal ID313
12PrincipalPrincipalD513
13PrincipalSenior PrincipalD414
14PrincipalChief PrincipalD515

 

Secondary School Teacher III (T- Scale 6; Grade C1) 

This is the entry grade for secondary school teachers who are holders of Diploma in Education.

To get placed into this grade one must be in possession of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum mean grade of C+ (Plus) or its equivalent, have a Diploma in Education (with two teaching subjects) or its equivalent and have attained a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE level; among other requirements. A teacher in this grade can be promoted to the next Job group; Grade C2. 

The three basic requirements for this grade (Grade C2) are: One should be: in possession of a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum mean grade of C+ or its equivalent, in possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with two teaching subjects; or a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant area with two teaching subjects plus a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and having a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE level.

Secondary School Teacher II (T- Scale 7; Grade C2)

This is an entry grade for secondary school teachers who are holders of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or its equivalent. A teacher in this grade can be promoted to Secondary School Teacher I (T- Scale 8; Grade C1) .

To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Secondary School Teacher II T-Scale 7 for a minimum period of three (3) years; among other requirements.

3). Secondary School Teacher I (T- Scale 8): 

This is a promotional grade for teachers in secondary school. To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Secondary School Teacher II T-Scale 7 for a minimum period of three (3) years; among other requirements.

4). Senior Master IV (T- Scale 9): 

This is a promotional and an entry grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools. Among other requirements, A teacher must have served as Secondary Teacher I T-Scale 8 for a minimum period of three (3) years to qualify for appointment to this grade.

5). Senior Master III (T- Scale 10): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary school. One of the basic requirement for appointment to this grade is a teacher must have served as Senior Master IV T- Scale 9 for a minimum period of three (3) years.

6). Senior Master II (T- Scale 11): 

This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools. To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as a Senior Master III T-Scale 10 for a minimum period of three (3) years; among other requirements.

7). Senior Master I (T- Scale 12): 

According to the TSC establishment, this is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools.

To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Senior Master II or Deputy Principal III T- Scale 11 for a minimum period of three (3) years. This is on top of other requirements as stipulated in the Career Progression guidelines for teachers.

8). Deputy Principal III (T- Scale 11):

This is a promotional and an entry grade for Deputy Principals in secondary schools. To get appointed to this promotional grade, one must have served as Senior Master III T-Scale 10 for a minimum period of three (3) years; among other requirements.

9). Deputy Principal II (T- Scale 12):

This is a promotional position for Deputy Principals in secondary schools. One must have served as Deputy Principal III or Senior Master II T-Scale 11 for a minimum period of three (3) years; so as to get promoted. This is additional to other requirements as outlined by the Commission.

10). Deputy Principal I (T- Scale 13): 

This is a promotional grade for Deputy Principals in secondary schools. Among others, the two basic requirements for appointment to this grade are: a teacher must have served as Deputy Principal II or Senior Master I T-Scale 12 for a minimum period of three (3) years and be a holder of Master’s degree in a relevant area.

11). Principal (T- Scale 13): 

This is a promotional grade for administrators in secondary schools. To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Deputy Principal II/Senior Master I T-Scale 12 for a minimum period of three (3) years and be a holder of Master’s degree in a relevant area; among other conditions.

12). Senior Principal (T- Scale 14): 

This is a promotional grade for administrators in secondary schools. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

To get appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Principal/Deputy Principal I T-Scale 13 for a minimum period of three (3) years and also be a holder of Master’s Degree in a relevant area; on top of other conditions as set by the Commission.

13). Chief Principal (T- Scale 15): 

This is the highest grade that can be attained by a secondary school teacher. This is a promotional grade for administrators in secondary schools. Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must have served as Senior Principal T-Scale 14 for a minimum period of three (3) years and be a holder of Master’s Degree in a relevant area.

Tertiary/ Teachers Training Colleges Tutors’ Job Grades

S/NOCategoryDesignation TitleGradeT-Scale
1LecturerLecturer IIIC16
2LecturerLecturer IIC27
3LecturerLecturer IC38
4Senior LecturerSenior Lecturer IVC49
5Senior LecturerSenior Lecturer IIIC510
6Senior LecturerSenior Lecturer IID111
7Senior LecturerSenior Lecturer ID212
8Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal IVC510
9Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal IIID111
10Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal IID212
11Deputy PrincipalDeputy Principal ID313
12PrincipalPrincipalD313
13PrincipalSenior PrincipalD414
14PrincipalChief PrincipalD515

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