TSC promotions and salary increment 2021: What you need to know

Teacher’s salaries in Kenya has been controversial, instigating contentious debates and frequent strikes over the years. However, it seems like the government has heeded their plight, respecting the 2017 – 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement the teacher’s union petitioned for. It is a message of joy for numerous teachers all over the country as they are slated to experience a salary increment. These TSC promotions are a paradigm shift from the old and infamous narrative of strikes that such teachers used to apply before they got their way. What are the suggested changes to the pay of different categories of teachers in Kenya?

Dr. Nancy Macharia, the TSC (Teachers Service Commission Kenya) Chief Executive Officer, announced the excellent news of TSC promotions when presenting the year’s budget policy statement to parliament. This means that there will be new salary structures for teachers in Kenya.

This TSC promotion of teachers is part of the 2017 – 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement that suggested a salary increment in four phases. So far, they have executed three steps, and this is part of the fourth phase. The plan was created as a means of averting another teacher’s strike.

Teachers Service Commission salary scales– who are getting a salary increment?

Do you want to know the new salary scale for teachers? Educators are paid remuneration according to their job groups. Some qualify for higher pay, while others get less. After a comprehensive evaluation of the teaching practice by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in 2016, they created a new grading system.

These grades possess distinct codes. The new 7 billion deal is going to oversee the promotion of teachers with higher qualifications by TSC. Some will receive an automatic upgrade to their TSC salary scale. Here is a breakdown on the TSC salary scales:

Grade B5

This is the new entry grade for all primary school teachers. Formerly, they were job groups G and H, which were amalgamated to create a single category. The group is for Primary Teacher II.

All the teachers that are currently in this category will earn automatic promotion to Grade C1. This is part of the implementation of the fourth phase of the 2017 – 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement. It is estimated that an average of 100,000 primary school teachers will benefit from this.

Teachers in Grade B5 earn a basic salary of between Ksh.21, 765 and Ksh.27, 195. According to the recent announcement, the new salary structure for teachers in this group will be between Ksh.27, 195 and Ksh.33, 944.

Grade C1

Are you wondering if this group is on the TSC promotion list? This grade is for Secondary Teacher III, Lecturer III, and Primary Teacher I. During the implementation of the third phase of the 2017 – 2021 CBA, educators falling in this category were not promoted alongside others.

Grade C2

Five thousand teachers in secondary school with diploma qualifications are also going to receive promotions. KUPPET (Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers) has been on the forefront fighting for teachers’ rights. The union is worried that some educators have stagnated in their positions for a long time without getting any significant promotions.

Unfortunately, teachers in Group C2 (holders of Bachelor’s Degree in Education or its equivalent) are also not going to receive a pay rise. These are Secondary Teacher II, SNE Teacher II (primary schools), Lecturer II and Senior Teacher II. Their current salary range is between Ksh. 34, 955 – Ksh. 43, 694.

Grade C3

This grade represents Secondary Teacher I and Senior Teacher I. Formerly, they were Job Group L. According to the recent TSC news on the promotion of teachers with higher qualifications, these are going to be part of the implementation of the fourth phase of 2017 – 2021 CBA.

During the realization of the third phase, they were earning between Ksh. 41,343 – Ksh.51, 927. Once the fourth phase is realized in July 2020, they are going to earn between Ksh.43, 154 and Ksh.53, 943.

Grade C4

This code was established for Senior Master IV, Senior Lecturer IV, SNE Senior Teacher (primary schools), SNE Teacher I (secondary schools) and Deputy Head Teacher II. Fortunately, they are part of the fourth phase of the CBA.

Currently, the lowest salary in this grade is Ksh.45, 287 and the highest is Ksh.51, 632. According to the latest release on the slated alteration of their wages, they are going to earn a maximum of Ksh.52, 308 from July 2020.

Grade C5

These are Headteachers, Deputy Headteacher I and Senior Master III. They are going to get a significant salary increment from their current range of Ksh.51, 632 – Ksh.62, 272 to KshH.62, 272 – Ksh.64, 631.

Grade D1

This category consists of Senior Master II, Deputy Principal III, Senior Head Teacher, Senior Lecturer II, and Curriculum Support Officer I. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, these teachers are going to receive a salary increment.

They are currently earning between Ksh.74, 703 and Ksh.82, 717. From July 2020, they are going to receive a remuneration of between Ksh.77, 840 and Ksh. 85, 269. This means that the lowest earner in this category will get an increase of Ksh. 3, 137 and highest of Ksh. 2, 552.

Grade D2

This is another category featured on the TSC promotion of teachers. These are Deputy Principals II and Senior Master I. They were previously earning between Ksh. 82, 717 and Ksh. 87, 900. In the agreed plan, they are going to get an increase of Ksh. 3, 141 for the higher group and Ksh. 8, 324 for the lower scale to Ksh. 91, 041.

Grade D3

Principals and deputy principals make this new category created after the SRC review. In the fourth phase of the CBA, they are going to get an upgrade to Ksh. 106, 644. Currently, their salaries are between Ksh. 93, 850 and Ksh. 102, 807.

Grade D4

This is a Job Group for senior principals. The majority of the salary increment here is according to the category of schools. Based on the third phase of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, they are earning between Ksh. 109, 249 and Ksh. 118, 169.

Once the fourth phase is implemented in July 2020, they are going to receive a pay rise. The lowest earner will get Ksh. 118, 242 and the highest will be paid Ksh. 121, 890.

Grade D5

All chief principals fall into this category. They are part of the fourth implementation of the CBA. Their current salary range is between Ksh. 121, 814 and Ksh. 157, 656. After the review, they are going to earn between Ksh. 131, 380 and Ksh. 157, 656.

In January 2020, TSC appointed new school heads and their respective deputies after posting TSC promotion adverts in the dailies and numerous job websites. These new hires included seven thousand educators that went to different primary and secondary schools.

The majority of applicants did not meet the requirement for a basic degree for primary school and a master’s degree for principals. There has also been an interest to facilitate the promotion of P1 teachers with degrees.

TSC promotion requirements

As a teacher, there are certain requirements that you must meet if you want to be promoted to a higher grade. The requirements are categorized based on the teaching level as follows:

Primary school tutors

If you are a primary school teacher, you should have the following minimum requirements to qualify for the promotion:

  • You must have scored a minimum of Grade of C plain in your KCSE
  • You must be a holder of a Primary Teacher Education (PTE) certificate
  • If you are a visually impaired teacher, you should have a PTE certification and a minimum KCSE aggregate of C-

Secondary school teacher

If you are teaching at the secondary school level, these are the minimum requirements you should have:

  • You must have scored a minimum grade of C+ in the KCSE exams
  • You must have a diploma in Education or a postgraduate diploma or a Bachelor’s degree in Education

Higher institution tutors

If you are a higher institution tutor, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • You must have scored a mean grade of C+ in KCSE
  • You should have a diploma in the subject you are teaching
  • In case you have a C-, a certificate, degree, or a diploma in your specialty. In addition to this, you should have a diploma in Technical Education.

Special needs education teachers

Teachers in the special needs education category need to fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • A mean grade of C+ in KCSE
  • A Diploma or a Bachelor’s degree in Special Needs Education

TSC promotion application requirements

Before you apply for a TSC position, you need to ensure that there is a vacancy. You need to periodically inspect the adverts page on the TSC website for promotion adverts. On this page, see a list of vacancies for promotion of teachers with higher qualifications by TSC.

After you have ascertained the position that is best for you, you can begin the application process. Before you begin applying for the promotion, ensure you have the following:

  • National ID
  • TSC number
  • Scanned copies of your certificates

How to apply for the TSC promotion

Are you stuck on how to apply for promotion? Here is a step by step guide you should follow to submit your application:

  • Open the TSC website and navigate to the promotion adverts page
  • Click on the ‘Actions’ tab adjacent to the job description of the position you wish to apply for.
  • Click on the “View Apply” option from the drop-down menu that appears on the screen.
  • Verify your data. You will be redirected to a new page where you will be prompted to enter your personal details including your surname, TSC number, and ID or Passport no.
  • Once you have entered the details, you should specify whether you are serving under career progression guidelines.
  • Tap on the “Continue” button to continue with the application.
  • Follow the prompts, fill in all the required fields and upload any required documents.
  • After you have completed the procedure, the application will be forwarded to the relevant department. You should wait for the application to be approved or rejected.

Teachers Service Commission contacts

If you have any queries concerning the TSC salary increment, you can contact the commission using the following details:

  • Physical location: Off Ngong Road, Milimani, Nairobi
  • Postal address: P.O Box 70180 – 00400
  • Phone number: 020-2892000
  • Email: info@tsc.go.ke
  • Website: tsc.go.ke
  • Twitter: @TSC_KE
  • Facebook: @TSC KENYA

Frequently asked questions

If you are interested in TSC. You may be curious about certain things. Here are the most frequently asked questions on TSC promotion list:

Who is the head of TSC in Kenya?

Dr. Nancy Macharia, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Service Commission. Her term expired on June 30 this year after serving in this capacity for five years, but TSC opted to extend the term for another five years. This move has attracted opposition in court by an activist group which argues the position should be subjected to the competitive process. The focus is now on High Court to see how it will rule on this matter.

How do I download my TSC payslip?

To download your payslip, you need to visit the TSC website. Navigate to the Online Services tab and click on the Online Payslips option. You will be prompted to enter your TSC number and password. Choose the month for which you want to download the payslip.

How can I check my TSC number online?

You can check your TSC number online by visiting the TSC online portal. Once you have opened the portal, you should tap on the Registration services tab. Enter your ID number or passport number and then click on the Go tab. You will be able to confirm the status of your TSC registration and to know if you have been issued with the TSC number.

How do I log into my TSC portal?

You should visit the official website of TSC and then click on the Online Services tab. The TSC Online page will open and you will be required to enter your TSC number and password. After you have entered these details, click on the login tab to access your TSC portal.

These recent TSC promotions and salary increment constitute a significant boost to teachers that have been longing for better pay. If all goes as promised, strikes will cease to exist, and teachers will enjoy a rewarding profession where they receive sufficient remuneration.

Tuko.co.ke reported on the new TSC salaries and grading system for teachers. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission agreed on increasing the salaries in three different phases. It is worth noting that the current TSC upgrading of teachers led to the scrapping off of some job groups and merging of others.

Under the new system of grading tutors, the grade that was previously known as P1, which was under Job Group G, was scrapped off and replaced with Grade B5. Job groups J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, and R have been re-structured and re-named C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D2, and D3 respectively.

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