Employed Teacher Trainees perform a key role in implementing the secondary school curriculum.
The Teachers Service Commission is mandated with employment and remuneration of all new teachers.
ALl the graduate teacher falls under job group K which is currently referred to as grade C2 designated as Secondary Teacher II.
As captured under TSC appointment letter, the newly employed teacher remains on probation for a period of not less than six (6) months.
Under some cases the probation period may be extended if the teacher’s performance is unsatisfactory.
The above period is vital and should be taken seriously.Note that under this period, Commission may be forced to terminate the teacher’s employment at this phase.
Once a teacher has served for three years of service, the teacher is automatically promoted to job group L currently known as grade C3.
Note also that the minimum requirements for one to teach in secondary school is diploma, majority of secondary school tutors are university graduates.
Under job group K(grade C2), the teacher enjoys house allowances and commuter allowance of Kshs 7,500 and Kshs 5,000 respectively. Though, the amount of House allowance differs as per the SRC scales. Teachers working in hardship areas also receive hardship allowance.
After all deductions have been effected, the newly employed graduate teacher takes home Kshs 38,000. Remember that this amount does not apply to those who are being deducted HELB Loan.
Here is a Breakdown of a in a secondary school.
No. Break down Amount (Kshs)
1 Basic Salary 34,955.00
2 Rental House Allowance 7,500.00
3 Commuter Allowance 5,000.00
4 Total Earnings (Before deductions) 47,455.00
It is important to note that there are several deductions subjected to salary of a newly employed teacher. They include;
Widows and Children’s Pension Scheme (WCPS) which is about Kshs. 699.10.
University Loan Recovery about Kshs. 5000. Note that this is only affecting those teachers who benefitted from HELB.
Union Contribution; could be Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers(KUPPET), Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) or Kenya Women Teachers Association(KEWOTA).
Pay As You Earn (PAYE).
The other deductions could be be either sacco savings or loan repayment if the teacher is servicing a loan.