Teachers win big in new job grading system
SEE ALSO :MPs want prompt funding for TVETCommission CEO Nancy Macharia said the new grading system replaces the three schemes of service for non-graduate, graduate and technical teachers/lecturers. “Now we have eight grades for primary school teachers, 10 grades for secondary school teachers, six for teachers at Centre for Mathematics, Science Technology Education in Africa (Cemastea) and eight for teachers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions,” Ms Macharia said. There are now seven grades for teachers in teacher training colleges (TTCs), eight for teachers in Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), five in Specials Needs Education (SNE) for primary schools, eight for SNE secondary schools and eight grades for teachers in SNE TVET institutions. The circular No. 15/2018 details new policies and procedural changes by the commission aimed at professionalising the teaching service. It takes into account the job evaluation report done by SRC. In addition, the recently introduced career progression guidelines provide all the basic requirements for professional growth, training and promotion of teachers.
SEE ALSO :Hopefully I will go into remission soonJob evaluation Ms Macharia revealed that the job evaluation would lead to a paradigm shift in career progression. “Teachers will not be required to sit for interviews to move to the next grade. Promotion of teachers and lecturers will be subjected to the existence of funded vacancies,” she said. Other considerations for promotion include minimum qualification per grade, relevant experience and, most importantly, satisfactory performance in and outside the classroom. According to the circular, Primary Teacher II will be the lowest grade in the teaching profession. “Teachers entering the public service at this grade will earn Sh19,224, rising to a maximum of Sh27,195,” Macharia said.
SEE ALSO :TSC needs 36,804 tutors to fulfill planShe added that Primary Teacher I will be a promotional grade for primary school teachers and to attain it, one must have served as Primary Teacher II for a minimum of three years. One must also have successfully undertaken relevant Teacher Professional Development (TPD) modules. This cadre of teachers will earn a minimum of Sh25,929, rising to a maximum of Sh33,994. Senior Teacher II will also be a promotional grade and an entry into the administrative cadre. “Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies. One must have served as Primary Teacher I for a minimum of three years to be considered for this grade,” Macharia said. Teachers in this group will pocket Sh27,325 at minimum and Sh34,955 at maximum. Senior Teacher I is another promotional grade for primary school administrators. A teacher in this group will be in charge of other teachers in the absence of the head teacher and deputy.
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