Teachers throughout the country will not get an increase in salaries and allowances this fortnight as anticipated. This is the word from the Education Secretary Dr Michael Tapo.
He says the 2014 budget has been approved but has not been released, therefore, the new pay system is not yet in place.
The new pay system will be in place after the teachers have completed their resumption forms and calculations to factor in salaries are done, Tapo says.
“That (pay increase) will happen at the end of the first quarter, and not tomorrow,” he says. “Right now teachers’ names and levels have to be submitted and all processes to accommodate the increase are completed before the first cash flow can cater for this.”
The increase is to recognise the 48,700 teachers’ continuous work pressure and inconveniences, work conditions, extra-curricular activities and workloads.
The three-year agreement to increase teacher’s base salaries and Teaching Service allowances was signed in October 2013. It is effective from Jan 1 and lapses on Dec 31, 2016.
Other increases include: Head teachers responsibility allowances, multi-grade teaching allowances; boarding school duty allowances; rural remote disadvantage allowance and domestic market allowances for substantive TSO7 and above ranging from K3,000 to K15,000.
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