Revised TSC House Allowance Structure for Teachers of All Clusters
Revised TSC House Allowance Structure for Teachers of All Clusters. Kenya’s education sector has long faced various challenges and one of the key issues for teachers is tuition fees.
To eliminate long-standing housing allowance disparities, the Faculty Board recently introduced a revised housing allowance structure that divides neighborhoods into clusters.
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New Housing Allowance Structure
New Housing Allowance Structure divides areas into her four clusters.
These clusters are based on the geographic location of the school and are intended to provide teachers with a housing allowance equivalent to the cost of living in the area.
Cluster 1: Nairobi City
This cluster includes the capital Nairobi, known for its relatively high cost of living. A teacher in this group receives the highest housing allowance, ranging from 3,850 KES to 6,750 KES, depending on grade level.
Cluster 2: Municipalities of Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Thika, Kisii, Malindi and Kitale:
This cluster has relatively high cost of living compared to rural areas, but lower than Nairobi. major cities and municipalities. .
The housing allowance for this cluster ranges from KES 4,500 to KES 10,000.
Cluster 3: Other Former Communities
This cluster includes communities outside of large cities where the cost of living is more affordable. Teachers receive tuition fees between 3,850 KES and 12,800 KES.
Cluster 4: All Other Areas
Housing allowance ranges from KES 3,850 to 21,508KES.
It is important to note that this new family allowance structure has significantly increased allowances for teachers in different clusters compared to the previous scheme.
Impacts and Concerns:
The government’s attempt to address regional disparities in housing benefits is laudable but not without criticism. Teachers’ unions and educators in various regions have expressed concerns about the adequacy and fairness of the new structure.
There are several key concerns:
Inequality within clusters: Critics argue that the broad division of regions into clusters overlooks differences in the cost of living, even within the same cluster. Masu. For example, within Cluster 2, there is a large difference in cost of living between Nakuru and Kisumu cities, which may result in disparities in teachers’ standard of living.
Dynamic Cost of Living: The cost of living is not static and can change over time. In some areas, housing and other necessities can inflate quickly, and current structures may not adequately reflect that.
Neglected Rural Areas: Cluster 4 teachers in charge of rural areas still face challenges. While the new structure will increase remuneration, critics argue more needs to be done to attract and retain qualified educators in these regions.
The new housing allowance scheme is undoubtedly a step towards closing the regional disparity in teachers’ salaries, but it is still at the work stage.