The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has given the timelines when the new teachers’ salary increments will be announced. This puts to rest fears of teachers’ missing out on salary increments as the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is yet to be agreed on.
But, SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich has now confirmed that the commission is studying the salary proposals by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) before coming up with the final recommendations.
In the proposals, TSC wants a basic salary increment of between 16 percent and 32 percent; with classroom teachers getting the higher perks.
The 16 percent rise in basic pay should be for teachers in administrative grades (C4 to D5) who reaped big from the 2016-2021 CBA. Classroom teachers in lower grades (B5 to C3) are to be awarded an increment of 30 percent; if the TSC proposals are adopted
Mengich says the recommendations from the SRC will be made public before 20th June, this year.
“Please note that the commission is looking into the submission, the outcome will be communicated. We will give directives in the next two weeks,” Mengich was quoted by the media.
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The SRC advisory will then be used by TSC to work out the new salary scales for teachers.
Already, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is expressing concern over the slow pace in drafting the new CBA by the TSC.
“I am writing to express our concern at the Commission’s delay in concluding the negotiations for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). With the expiry of the current CBA imminent, the union is yet to receive a counter offer to our demand, as per the laid down process.” Reads a memo to TSC by Kuppet Secretary General Akello Misori and dated 19th May, 2021.
The Commission had earlier on kick started the process of signing of the new CBA. And, in fact, TSC and Kuppet met between 29th and 31st October, 2019 at Sawela Lodge in Naivasha.
“Due to the urgent need to commence the journey towards the finalization of the 2021-2025 CBA, the Commission has decided to initiate the process as early as possible to give parties sufficient time to negotiate and conclude the 2021-2025 СВА.” Dr. Macharia had informed Kuppet.