Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the representative trade unions, including the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET), have successfully concluded negotiations to amend the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the period spanning from 2021 to 2025.
The CBA negotiations, which were initiated in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, bore witness to the suspension of the monetary component due to prevailing economic uncertainties.
After careful deliberations, a comprehensive agreement has now been reached, fostering optimism and industrial harmony in the public teaching sector.
Under the newly revised agreement, teachers are set to benefit from a 9.5% increase in Basic Salary, scheduled to be distributed over two financial years, beginning on July 1, 2023.
Further enhancing the terms of service, an augmentation of the House Allowance has been secured for Cluster 4 teachers, effective from the same date.
This harmonization will continue to progress, culminating in full implementation by July 2024. The amended salary structure will be promptly enacted in the August payroll, and arrears will be retroactively applied from July 1, 2023.
The CBA negotiation process has been characterized by open and candid dialogue between the Commission and the respective unions.
The TSC acknowledges and commends the unions for their constructive engagement and commitment to fostering better conditions for teachers.
Additionally, the Commission expresses gratitude to all educators for their unwavering dedication and sacrifices in ensuring the quality education of Kenyan children.
In addition to the financial gains secured under the CBA, the Commission has engaged in discussions with the unions to improve the overall terms and conditions of teachers in Kenya.
As a testament to these efforts, the promotion of 14,738 teachers has been concluded in August 2023, with 36,275 further vacancies being advertised for promotions.
This initiative aims to enhance teachers’ motivation and career advancement, thus ultimately benefiting the students they serve.
The TSC remains committed to ongoing collaboration with elected union representatives, with the shared objective of continuously improving the professional lives of teachers.
This commitment underscores the Commission’s dedication to ensuring that teachers remain at the heart of Kenya’s education system, enabling the nation’s youth to thrive.