Teachers’ July Salary Increased by TSC Without Effecting 1.5% Housing Levy
Teachers’ July Salary Increased by TSC Without Effecting 1.5% Housing Levy. Since the court cases blocked the execution of the proposed salary increase for all federal officials beginning on July 1, 2023, there has been uncertainty and conflicting information about what will happen to teachers’ pay slips at the end of July 2023.
The court case involving the implementation of the Finance Act of 2023 does not have an impact on the act’s actual implementation, hence this issue has been resolved. This has put a stop to the rumors that were going around regarding the teachers’ paystubs for July.
The commission consults closely with the treasury before making decisions, and since their recommendations are largely based on research regarding the state of the economy and inflation, when they announced that they would be raising civil servants’ salaries, they had already received approval from the treasury to put the increase into effect.
The government is required to seek advice from the SRC on issues pertaining to public employee pay and benefits. Their suggestions are substantially supported by research.
Due to the fact that the TSC receives funding well in advance for the wages and benefits of its members, the TSC received this funding last month in anticipation of the implementation in July. As a result, the more than 300,000 instructors who are employed by TSC received a salary increase in July.
When the teacher unions questioned the standards that were applied to determine that percentage, they were informed that their involvement was not necessary because the government, through SRC, handled the increment in order to protect all civil servants from inflation.
The teachers’ unions persisted in questioning the standards that were applied to get that proportion.Since the country was still recuperating from the covid-19 pandemic and the Treasury Department had instructed the SRC to delay any modifications until the current fiscal year, this hike was originally supposed to go into effect during the fiscal year 2021/2022.
On the other hand, teachers will receive this increase gradually over the course of four years: starting this July, they will see a pay increase of 7% for the fiscal year 2023/24 reflected on their payslips; in the following year, they will receive 8% for the fiscal year 2024/25; in the following two years, they will receive 9% and 10%, respectively; and in the following year, the fifth and final year, teachers will receive 10% for the fiscal year 2026/27.
It is crucial to remember that the court’s injunction stopping the state from executing the Finance Act 2023 won’t be heard or resolved until after the housing levy deductions have been put into effect.
Since that time, the attorney general of Kenya has appealed the high court’s ruling in the case, and this coming week will see the start of the hearing on both the appeal and the ruling.