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Plans By TSC  To Review its 2021-2025 CBA Counter Proposal Underway

Fresh details have emerged that Teachers Service Commission is planning for a review the initial 2021-2025 CBA proposal, which it had earlier on submitted to the SRC. TSC sent its counter CBA salary proposal of between 16 to 32 per cent to the SRC on September 29th 2020.

However, after the SRC job evaluation report and the Naivasha retreat between TSC and KUPPET, details  emerged of a plan by TSC to review its counter proposal upwards. According to the sources, the teachers’ employer plans to push the counter proposal to between 20 and 35 per cent. Just like the previous proposal, this planned proposal review is geared towards favouring the classroom teacher.

“Kuppet and TSC have developed a new Job Description capturing the true worth of a classroom teacher. The new descriptions recognise the teachers’ leadership and technical work within and outside classroom, which had been ignored by the evaluation tool previously used by SRC,” reads a statement released Kuppet one month ago.

It has also emerged that Kuppet is pushing for classroom teachers to get higher pay as the present job evaluation favoured administrators.This is after TSC and KUPPET agreed last month  that there are up to 30 new roles of classroom teachers including class management and substantial financial responsibility during outdoor activities like tours and sports.

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The statement resonates with the SRC report which disclosed that the last job evaluation was skewed, favouring school heads while leaving classroom teachers broke.

The report shows the present job descriptions of the classroom teachers, based on the 2016/2017 evaluation, grossly undervalued their worth, resulting in poor pay.

“There were significant disparities in the compensation and career progression between the institutional administrators and classroom teachers in the teaching profession as the job evaluation results for 2016/2017 did not adequately cater for the remuneration of classroom teachers. This might be attributed to poor development of job descriptions in 2016,” reads the report.

The good news for classroom teachers however is that results of the 2021/2022 – 2021/2025 remuneration review cycle, which will be used to negotiate the next phase of teachers’ salaries now captures their true worth and outlines an elaborate job description.

The new job evaluation also recognises classroom teachers’ new tasks under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), which also gives them supervisory roles.

The statement by Kuppet on delay on tabling a counter offer by SRC dashed hopes of thousands of teachers who hoped that the meeting would yield some hope for the talks.

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The meeting agreed that promotion of C3 teachers and Teachers Training Colleges tutors be addressed.

This as it emerged that job re-evaluation has resulted in the creation of a new opening in C4 for Senior Master IV and Senior Lecturer IV for those in TTCs who do not have administrative positions.

“At the moment, the Commission has advertised 6,680 vacancies for these cadres as the first step towards institutionalizing C4 as a promotional grade from C3,” said Misori.

The Kuppet statement further said that under the CBC, the TTC tutors will be training teachers at diploma level hence the repositioning of their roles.

“Administrators in TTCs including deans and registrars will have career path with substantive appointments,” reads the statement.

The meeting also addressed the diploma teachers career path. It emerged that when the 2016 CBA commenced, more than half of teachers who had joined service at Job Group J had obtained bachelors of education degrees and transited to graduate scheme of service.

Kuppet also said that TSC agreed to suspend the requirements of Master’s degree for principals or other promotions within the teaching service.

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