TSC Spells out Steps to Follow When Filing Death Gratuity Claims
As part of its efforts to streamline the payment process, the Teachers Service Commission has outlined the steps to take when filing death gratuity claims.
Poor documentation, incorrect declaration forms, family disputes, and the inability to locate the next of kin were identified as the main reasons for delayed payment.
The Commission advised employees to keep their next of kin form, dependents, and contact information up to date.
If there are two or more wives, all of them must fill out the forms unless they agree to have one of them act as their legal representative. This agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.
If both the teacher and the spouse are deceased, the children should appoint one of them to be paid on their behalf and have a written agreement signed by all parties and witnessed by the area chief.
The Commission also encourages the next of kin of deceased teachers to seek assistance from human resource officers at TSC county and sub-county offices in filling out and submitting the necessary documents for processing the claims.
TSC only processes claims and then forwards them to the National Treasury for payment.
The benefit is a lump sum (one-time) amount payable to the legal representative or dependents of a teacher who dies while serving on permanent and pensionable terms of service, according to the Pensions Act (Cap.189).
The amount payable is calculated on the pay at the time of death and is equal to two years’ salary.
Declaration forms and the Widows and Children’s Pension Scheme (GP 215) form are required.
The widow/widower declaration form is filled out by a husband/wife whose spouse has died, while the Dependants’ Declaration form is filled out by children when both parents are deceased or the deceased parent was not married, or by a parent, sibling, or other guardians in the case of a deceased teacher who was not married and had no children.
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In the case of a male deceased teacher who was not married and had no children, the GP 215 Form is completed, along with the dependants’ declaration form, by a parent, sibling, or other guardians.
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