TSC permanent and pensionable: The Teachers Service Commission has recruited some 8, 920 teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. The commission has also recruited another 8,141 intern teachers and placed them on the TSC payroll.
“All these teachers have been already getting salaries and no one has been left out,” said TSC head of communications Beatrice Wababu. However, TSC said that a total of 2,159 intern teachers are still being processed and will soon be put on payroll. Also still being processed are some 149 teachers for the permanent and pensionable category.
The Commission targeted to hire 10, 300 intern teachers and some 9, 069 on permanent and pensionable terms. “Some of these pending cases have either one or two documents missing or were not properly filed. Once that is done we shall have all of them on payroll,” said Wababu.
Recruitment of intern teachers was being carried out from the counties and some documents may have been misplaced in the process, it emerged. Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary General Akello Misori asked TSC to initiate proper remuneration package for intern teachers.
“Kuppet still does not understand why intern teachers are paid a paltry Sh. 15, 000 when public servant interns earn Sh. 25,000,” said Misori. It emerged that broken down, the interns pay include Sh. 1, 200 for mandatory personal accident cover.
Another Sh. 3, 000 is sent to the Higher Education Loans Board and Sh. 800 sent to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). Some Sh. 600 is sent to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and another Sh. 1, 741 deducted towards Pay as You Earn (Paye).
Intern teachers posted to primary schools earn an average of Sh. 10, 000, which comes down to about Sh. 6, 000 after Paye deductions of some Sh. 1, 116 and the contributions to the NHIF and NSSF.
Misori said Kuppet is engaging TSC on the matter. “We are in talks with the TSC to understand how this is being implemented,” said Misori. TSC permanent and pensionable.
Additional reporting by The Standard.