Some of these teachers serve in public schools and some in private schools. Teachers who work in public schools are paid through the Government Teaching Service (TSC), while those who work in private schools are managed by the school owner.
The Teachers Service Commission is an independent agency mandated by the constitution of Kenya to recruit, transfer, discipline, pay and promote qualified teachers.
Through the trade unions KUPPET and KNUT, teachers’ employers are forcing the TSC to address some of the challenges they face in their jobs.
Some of the grievances presented by the petitioners are: the transition policy is now called delocalization, poor wages, lack of qualified teachers, staffing that has led to a heavy workforce, among other challenges.
In what is seen as good news that can put a smile on the faces of teachers when they go to the bank today, it has been reported that a successful petition by Kenya’s national teachers’ pressure group could see teachers get a raise.
The group asked Parliament to compel the TSC to promote teachers with additional papers.
Following a successful petition, Parliament has now directed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to incorporate the CPG and promote qualified teachers.
In addition, the Legislature proposed a budget for promotion and submission to Parliament for consideration in the fiscal year 2023/2024.
This is good news for this group of highly qualified teachers, who will benefit from the new salary when promoted to the next job group.