SRC Pledges To Bridge Huge Salary Gaps Among Teachers In 2021-2025 CBA
The salaries and remuneration commission, SRC, has pledged to consider huge salary differences in the 2017-2021 CBA and address them in the new 2021-2025 CBA.
The pay disparities, noted between the same job groups and between classroom teachers and administrators, will be the basis for negotiating the 2021-2025 CBA, but putting the financial and economic position of the government into consideration.
SRC has published new draft guidelines for the public sector that will ensure most classroom teachers get increased salaries, in a bid to solve the huge salary differences among teachers. The draft guidelines will be based on public participation.
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SRC has revealed plans to negotiate with TSC and teachers unions, KNUT and KUPPET so as to review and reduce the pay gaps between teachers that share a job group and perform similar roles in the profession.
SRC insists that abnormal salary differences even exist among teachers in the same T- scale, with some job groups even having a difference of 187% between the highest cadre and the lowest cadre.
“Salaries of public workers shall reflect the relative values of their jobs and the salary ranges within and between grades should not be wide. A ratio of at most 1.5 times between the maximum grade salary point and minimum grade salary point is desired, “reads the guideline.
An example from the current CBA is in the chief principals’ salaries, where the highest paid chief principal gets ksh. 157,656 while the lowest paid earns ksh. 131,380, bringing a difference of ksh. 26,276. The shocking bit is that they perform similar duties.
At job group C3, the highest earning teacher gets ksh. 53,943 while the lowest earning teacher gets ksh. 43, 154, bringing a difference of ksh. 10,789.