Tje teachers employer, has assured the teachers about is plan to review the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that will effect the salary increment.
This is 2021- 2025 CBA was signed by TSC together with the main teachers’ unions Kuppet and Knut.
The 2021-2025 CBA was an agreement between the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (KUPPET) and the KEWOTA.
TSC has indicated that it will spend Kes. 56 billion over the next four years starting this July to raise teachers’ salaries from job grades B5 to D5 job groups.
TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Nancy Macharia said that although trade unions had signed the 2021-2025 CBA, it did not contain any monetary value. This is what is now set to undergo a review.
The teachers service Commission negotiated a non-monetary 2021-2025 CBA with the teacher unions pursuant to the advisory from the Salaries Review Commission (SRC).
It was agreed that the CBA can be reviewed mid-term if the economic situation would improve in the country.
This was also revealed by Dr Nancy Macharia to members of the National Assembly Education and Research Committee chaired by Julius Melly on Tuesday this week.
Macharia said that Commission would wish to review the 2021-2025 CBA, more specifically the teachers salary increment component with an aim to motivate teachers under the employment of the Commission.
TSC also said that the Commission is expected to get Kes. 14 billion per year for four years to cater for the same.
The teachers service community further said that there are plans to recruit 20,000 teachers in the next financial year to address the shortage of staff, especially at the Junior Secondary School (JSS) levels
Macharia also implored members of parliament (MPs) to allocate the Commission Kes. 3.8 billion for recruitment in the next budget that will be presented in June this year
The above announcement from TSC comes a month after the Commission recruited 30,000 teachers with most of them being posted to Junior Secondary Schools.
On this deployment, every school was allocated at least one member of staff.
Macharia has also revealed that TSC was intending to fix the shortage of teachers which was at around 116,000 at the beginning of the current year.
The TSC CEO also called on the Parliamentary Education Committee to push for the approval of Kes. 2.2 billion for the promotion of 14,000 teachers who had overstayed in one job group for a long time.