How Teachers Are Going To Benefit From The Budget This Thursday

by Business Watch Team

This year’s national budget which will be the last one under President Uhuru Kenyatta will be read tomorrow.

The national budget of 3.3 trillion shillings will be read early so as to allow time for members of Parliament to deliberate on the main component of the Budget which includes proposed revenue sources and expenditure plans for the financial year commencing July 2022.

  1. Teachers’ salary increments with arrears Grades C4, C5, D1, D2, D3 and D4

In the budget set to be read, teachers will benefit immensely. One of the benefits will be the salary arrears for the category of teachers which TSC said it will pay after the budget.

TSC had said that it will pay teachers in grades C4, C5, D1, D2, D3, and D4 because they have not yet attained the maximum salary points provided for in the salary banding as outlined in the CBA 2017 – 2021.

The commission further said it will extend the salary points for these grades starting 1st July 2022. The teacher will be paid the teachers their salary increments with arrears from the date they attained the maximum salary point to January 2022.

  1. Money For recruiting new teachers

TSC boss while appearing in Parliament had requested some Sh5.3 billion to recruit 8,000 teachers for the 100 percent transition. Dr. Macharia also told the Education Committee that it will require Sh1.2 billion to recruit 6,000 interns.

The commission further said it has been recruiting 5,000 teachers annually to match the increased enrolment in public schools. TSC thanked the government for setting aside sh. 2.5 billion for recruiting 5,000 teachers this year.

In budget estimates, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani had allocated an additional Sh14.9 billion to TSC, whose budget has risen to Sh295.9 billion from Sh281.7 billion in the new financial year.

During the resource sharing at the Sector Working Group, the commission said it was allocated Sh295.9 billion for recurrent expenditure against a projected requirement of Sh310.5 billion.

The commission will receive an extra Sh15 billion for the 2022 – 2023 financial year. Initially, there were rumors that the Commission will use the additional funds to award teachers a pay rise.

However, TSC refuted the claims. Instead, it said it will use the sh15 billion to employ 13,000 secondary school teachers and 9,000 interns to cope with exits and the expected increase in enrolment when the junior secondary is rolled out in January 2023.

TSC also said priorities identified in the 2022/23 budget and the medium-term were informed by the 2019-2023 strategic plan and the medium-term plan III of Vision 2030.

  1. Money for promotion and deployment of teachers

TSC boss Nancy Macharia told the committee that it will require 2 billion shillings for the promotion of teachers on completive selection. TSC has been promoting teachers to various cadres in line with the Career Progressive Guideline

TSC has been also promoting primary school teachers with degrees in secondary school options to teachers in secondary schools. The Commission promotes 1000 practicing P1 teachers each year by deploying them to teach in secondary.

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