Teachers are entitled to different types of allowances especially those who are employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) or deployed based on higher qualifications.
The allowances encompass extra income paid to teachers employed on a permanent and pensionable basis alongside their monthly salaries.
Those paid by TSC are varied based on the location of one’s workstation, responsibilities dedicated in the teacher’s latest appointment letters, and the types of learners handled, whether special needs learners or irregular ones.
This is unlike the teacher’s basic salary, which cuts across all the teachers in a particular job or group. Allowances paid to teachers are classified as remunerative or reimbursable. Remunerative allowances are paid together with teachers’ salaries while reimbursable are refundable upon application.
Remunerative allowances are; Automatic which include the house allowance, the medical allowance, the commuter allowance, and the hardship allowance
Those allowances Paid on the application are responsibility allowance. This is paid to headteachers, deputy headteachers, and senior teachers who are at Job Group K and below.
The Special duty allowance is the allowance payable to teachers below job group M appointed to administrative posts by the commission and deployed in arid and semi-arid lands.
The Reader’s allowance is the allowance paid to a visually impaired teacher who has engaged a reader whose minimum qualification is not below KCSE D+/KCE Division III. The allowance is paid at a fixed rate determined from time to time by the commission.
The Interpreters Allowance is payable to deaf teachers who engage interpreters while on study leave.
The Special school allowance is payable to teachers specializing in special needs education and who have been deployed to teach in special schools or units.
The Transfer Allowance is payable to teachers who have been transferred from one district to another, provided the transfer is initiated by the Commission.
Teachers also have reimbursable Expenses. TSC reimburses the following expenses to teachers, traveling expenses, and the Quota per diem allowance.