A graduate who secures a job with the Teachers Service Commission in Kenya, belongs to the job group K currently known as Secondary Teacher II designated as Grade C2.
As per the TSC appointment letter, the newly employed teacher remains on probation for a period of at least six (6) months. In some cases the probationary period may be extended if the performance of the teacher is unsatisfactory.
After three years of service, the teacher is automatically promoted to Job Group L which is currently known as Grade C3.
Although the minimum requirements for teaching in secondary school are diplomas, the majority of secondary school teachers are university graduates.
Under the job group K (Grade C2), the teacher enjoys a rental house allowance and a commuter allowance of Kshs 7,500 and Kshs 5,000 respectively.
After all deductions take effect, the newly employed graduate teacher takes home 38,000. Remember that this amount is not applicable to those on whom HELB loan is being deducted.
Here is a breakdown of a newly employed graduate teacher at a secondary school.
No. Break Down Amount (Kshs)
1 Basic Pay 34,955.00
2 Rent House Allowance 7,500.00
3 Commuter Allowance 5,000.00
4 Total Earnings (before deduction) 47,455.00
It is important to note that there are several deductions subject to the salary of a newly employed teacher. They include;
1. Widows and Children Pension Scheme (WCPS) which is about Kshs. 699.10.
2. About Kshs. 5,000 University Debt Recovery. Note that this is affecting only those teachers who have benefited from HELB.
3. Union contribution; Can be Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) or Kenya Women Teachers Association (KEWOTA).
4. Pay as you earn (get paid).
Other deductions can be either Saco Savings or Loan Repayment if the teacher is paying off the loan.