Teachers Pay Rise Looming As Budget Awaits Parliamentary Approval
Teachers and civil servants are among the largest beneficiaries of President Kenyatta’s final budget of Sh3.31 trillion, which he will present to the nation before leaving office next year.
The National Treasury has allotted an additional Sh70.8 billion to ministries for recurrent expenditure, which includes the yearly pay increase, resulting in a salary increase for civil officials.
Ukur Yatani, Treasury Cabinet Secretary, has added Sh14.9 billion to the TSC’s budget, increasing it to Sh296.6 billion from Sh281.7 billion this year.
The additional cash is to pacify teachers who are disgruntled and that the administration would want to do something about it on an election year.
TSC offered unions a non-monetary 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) this year, citing difficult economic times, to which teachers objected.
With an increased allocation of Sh21.97 billion for major programs on implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum, the education sector has retained its lead as the largest spender (CBC).
One of the costs is Sh8 billion for the construction of new classrooms.
The Education ministry’s allocation for the 2022/23 financial year is projected to increase to Sh525.9 billion from Sh503.97 billion, according to the draft 2022 Budget Policy Statement (BPS).
Mr Yatani has set aside Sh1.344 trillion for recurrent spending in the fiscal year 2022/23, up from Sh1.273 trillion in the previous year.
The BPS wants to boost capital allocations to Sh730.59 billion, up from Sh668.37 billion, giving greater funding to ministries for development spending.
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However, the budget must be approved by Parliament.
In the upcoming fiscal year, the majority of the additional revenue allocation will go to National Security.
Treasury has increased national government spending by Sh133 billion, from Sh1.942 trillion this fiscal year to Sh2.075 trillion the following fiscal year.