In Summary
  • Teachers Service Commission says Knut members will lose all benefits under the career progression guidelines.

The Teachers Service Commission has stopped the pay rise of 103,624 teachers who are members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

The teachers' employer said on Friday that the payroll for the Knut members has not factored in Phase Three of the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) after a court ordered that terms be based on the schemes of service and not career progression guidelines (CPG) as TSC had wanted.

The commission said that based on the ruling, it could not implement the benefits under the third phase of the CBA.

“This will apply to 103,624 teachers who also include headteachers, deputy headteachers and senior teachers. Inevitably, this will also lead to Knut members losing all the benefits embedded in the CPG as an implementation tool for the CBA,” said Mr Kihumba Kamotho, head of communications at TSC.

A row between TSC and Knut on performance appraisal and contracting, transfers of teachers, promotion and professional development programme moved to court after the commission sued the teachers' union in a bid to stop a work boycott.

TSC, however, lost the case and its attempt to have the ruling set aside failed as Justice Byram Ongaya declined the application.

In the judgment, Justice Ongaya set aside the performance based career progression frameworks for teacher management and remunerations.

The ruling also stopped the implementation of performance appraisal tools.


Mr Kamotho also said 96,000 teachers formerly designated as P1 and who were promoted to B5 with effect from July 1, 2017 would not be promoted under common cadre to C1 on  July 1, 2020.

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