Teachers To Get Reduced Pay Instead Of Payrise. Following an anticipated salary increase, teachers instead got reduced salaries on July 26, 2023, as the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) implemented additional budgetary deductions.
However, the teachers were granted a reprieve since a court ruling postponing the application of the Finance Act 2023 prevented the implementation of the contentious 1.5% housing fee.
Teachers’ contributions to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), which they have never made before, have been deducted, according to pay stubs seen by educationcurve.co.ke .
This is so that they can get a pension through a provident fund based on the grade of their employment. For the July salary, deductions have been made from both funds.
The deductions are a flat rate of Sh320 for all teachers, which appears to contradict the NSSF rate of Sh600 for the lowest earners and Sh1,080 for the highest earners. These rates came into effect in February. The previous rate was Sh200. There is a proposal to increase the rate to 6 per cent of an individual’s salary, but this should not exceed Sh18,000.
There was confusion early on Wednesday when teachers complained that the money had been credited to their accounts but pay slips had not yet been uploaded on the TSC portal to show the nature of the deductions.
TSC has also been making deductions to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). According to the proposed National Health Insurance Fund Regulations (2023), all employees are required to contribute 2.75 per cent of their gross salary to the fund.
Teachers To Get Reduced Pay Instead Of Payrise
The previous NHIF rate was between Sh150 and Sh1,700 depending on an individual’s monthly salary. Teachers will pay more when the 2.75 per cent comes into effect.
According to teachers who spoke to the Nation, their salaries included the annual increment, which usually takes effect in July, to cushion them against inflationary pressures. If the increase moved a teacher to a higher grade, their contribution would have gone up, wiping out the benefit of the increase.
The Nation reported that teachers and civil servants would not receive a promised pay rise this month because the Salaries and Remuneration Commission had delayed reviewing salaries and advising various government departments.
“We’ve had numerous correspondences with the TSC asking for a review of the terms of reference of the 2021-2025 collective agreement, but there’s been a delay because of the procrastination of the SRC and the TSC.
When the President gave the final nod on this matter, we thought that the Treasury was in agreement and the SRC had also given other public servants the opportunity, especially the civil servants, to discuss their salaries.
The President was very clear that this was a matter of between 7 and 10 per cent [increase]. There shouldn’t be any delay,” said Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers Secretary-General Akello Misori.
The expected pay rise is included in the 2023/2024 budget.
Kuppet said that the wage increase was contingent upon the passage of the Finance Act 2023, the execution of which has been blocked by the High Court, and was negotiated between them and President William Ruto.
Edward Obwocha, a Kuppet secondary education officer, stated that if the promised pay increase materializes, the union would not fight the deductions.
As long as we also continue to negotiate with TSC to further improve the salary to take into account the high inflation rate and even review the commuting allowance upwards now that the fuel levy has also been reviewed, we have no objections if teachers receive a 10 to 12% increase, he said.