Any professional secondary school teacher who is newly employed by Teachers Service Commission (TSC)in Kenya falls under job group K which is the starting point that is currently referred to as grade C2 also classified as Secondary Teacher II.
After a teacher is absorbed by TSC, he/ she receives an appointment letter that always states that a newly employed teacher remains on probation for a period of not less than six (6) months. However, there comes a scenario when the probation period may be extended if the teacher’s performance is not satisfactory.
Once a teacher serves for a duration of 3 years, he/she is automatically promoted grade C3, previously known as job group L.
According to Tsc, the minimum requirements for one to teach in secondary school is diploma but nowadays majority of secondary school teachers are university graduates.
For the newly Employed teachers under (grade C2 ) initially known as job group K the teacher enjoys commuter allowance of KSH 5000 and rental house allowance of KSH 7500.
Then the graduate teacher can now carry home a total amount of KSH.38000 .This figure though changes if one used to benefit from HELB loan since some amount is deducted.
The breakdown of the salary for a newly employed graduate teacher in a secondary school is given below:
1 .Basic Salary ksh.34,955
2 . House Allowance ksh 7,500
3 .Commuter Allowanceksh. 5,000.
4 .Total Earnings (before deductions) KSH 47,455.
Teachers note that there are other several deductions subjected to salary of a newly employed teacher. They deductions include:
-Children’ and widow’s Pension Scheme which is about Kshs. 699.10.
– the University Loan Recovery of about Kshs. 5000.
The above deduction on HElB only affect those teachers who benefitted .
Other deductions include those made to teachers’unions such as KNUT and KUPPET, KEWOTA, PAYE plus sacco savings.