C1 Teachers Get Final Annual Salary Increment. For wage changes, teachers in job group C1 must wait for a compensation agreement or, if they’re lucky, a promotion.
This is because the last yearly compensation increase for teachers was implemented by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in July 2023.
Like their colleagues in secondary schools, primary school teachers in work group C1 are not automatically promoted to job group C2.
When the Commission paid the yearly wage rise in July, the teachers’ basic pay increased from sh. 32,149 to sh. 33,994 per month.
The salary increments were for six notches after the signing of the CBA 2017 to 2021. They got salary increment in July for the financial year 2017 to 2018, 2018 to 2019, 2019 to 2020, 2020 to 2021, 2021 to 2022 and this last one 2022 to 2023.
The teachers are now faced with job stagnation. A number of those who qualified to teach in junior secondary schools were deployed and are now in job group C2.
Others who were lucky enough were promoted to job group C2 after attending promotion interviews and are now senior teachers in their schools.
However there is hope at the end of the tunnel and the teachers will have their salaries increased each year in July should the promised salary increment be paid in August with arrears.
C1 Teachers Get Final Annual Salary Increment
Though TSC did not pay teachers salaries with an increment in July as was announced by President William Ruto, it has now been revealed that it will be paid in August salaries with arrears.
This is because the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) had not completed the review process to factor in the payrise.
On June 30, President Ruto announced that teachers and other civil servants would receive their increased salaries from this month.
Ruto announced a salary increment of between 7% and 10% starting 1st July and directed SRC to start the process of calculating it and submitting the figures to various agencies for payment.
SRC is currently working on the review after concluding the public participation exercise three weeks ago.
The commission will then gazette the new salaries so that government departments responsible for paying civil servants and teachers can implement the increase.
Teachers and civil servants are unsure of the amount they will receive after the increase.
“The most important thing is the effective date of the increase. Even if they don’t get the increment this month, they will get it later, taking into account the month of July,” one source said.
Teachers in their July salaries were not deducted 1.5% housing fund because the Courts suspended the 2023 Finance Act.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has revealed plans to backdate the taxes it hasn’t collected during the suspension of the controversial Finance Act 2023 should the High Court lift the freeze order in what promises to be a double blow to teachers and other salaried workers who had escaped the July deductions.
Following an appeal by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u to have the orders blocking execution of the revenue-raising bill overturned, the Court of Appeal is scheduled to render its decision today, Friday, July 28.
The lifting of the orders would result in the implementation and retroactive application of provisions with an effective date of July 1, 2023, such as the introduction of a housing tax deduction at 1.5 percent of gross income, matched by another 1.5 percent from the employer.