Newly Employed Teachers’ New Payslip

A graduate who gets a job at the Teachers Service Commission in Kenya falls under category K currently known as Grade C2 appointed as Second Class II.

According to the TSC nomination letter, a newly appointed teacher stays on probation for a period of not less than six (6) months. In some cases the examination period may be extended if the teacher’s performance is unsatisfactory.

After three years of service, the teacher is promoted to class L currently known as grade C3.

Although the minimum requirements for teaching in a high school are diploma, many high school lecturers have graduated from university.

Under category K (grade C2), the teacher enjoys a rental housing allowance and a passenger allowance of Kshs 7,500 and Kshs 5,000 respectively.

After all the deductions, the newly hired teacher goes home with Kshs 38,000. Note that this amount does not apply to those deducted from the HELB Loan.

Here is the breakup of a newly appointed high school teacher.

No.Break downAmount (Kshs)
1Basic Salary34,955.00
 2Rental House Allowance7,500.00
3Commuter Allowance5,000.00
4Total Earnings (Before deductions)47,455.00 



It is important to note that there is a deduction for a newly hired teacher. They include;

1. Widows and Children’s Pension Scheme (WCPS) estimated at Kshs. 699.10.
2. University Loan Approval in respect of Kshs. 5000. Note that this only applies to those teachers who have benefited from HELB.
3. Union Contribution; it could be the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) or the Kenya Women Teachers Association (KEWOTA).
4. Pay As You Do (PAYE).
Other deductions could be sacco savings or loan repayments if the teacher provides credit.

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