On July 6, 2021, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the period 2021-2025. The agreement, which was signed in Nairobi, covers several key areas, including salaries, promotions, and career development, among others.
One of the significant areas covered in the CBA is salary increments. Under the agreement, teachers in job group B5 and below will receive a 16% increase in their basic salaries, which will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will be a 12% increment, which will take effect from July 2021, while the remaining 4% will be implemented in July 2022. On the other hand, teachers in job groups C1 to D5 will receive a 3.9% increment in their basic salaries, which will be implemented in one phase starting from July 2021.
Another area addressed in the CBA is promotions. According to the agreement, TSC will ensure promotions are done fairly and efficiently, and the process will be based purely on merit. There shall also be a review of the promotion criteria, and TSC will formulate a clear policy guideline on promotions.
Career development was also addressed in the CBA, with TSC agreeing to allocate resources to enable teachers to undertake relevant training and education to enhance their career growth. This will include training on emerging trends in the education sector, such as digital learning and technology integration.
In conclusion, the signing of the CBA between TSC and KNUT will go a long way in addressing some of the pressing issues affecting teachers in Kenya. The salary increments, promotions based on merit, and allocation of resources for career development will motivate teachers and enhance their productivity. It is a step in the right direction, and both TSC and KNUT must ensure the agreement is fully implemented to realize the benefits.