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ECDE teachers earn between 13K to 15K – SRC clarifies



By Wanja Waweru

Following a contentious discussion on social media, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has published the pay scale for Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers and caregivers.

Contrary to figures going round online, ECDE teachers make more than the minimum wage, the agency stated in a press release, adding that formerly reported figures were based on basic salary rather than gross salary.

According to the data, ECDE instructors working in Nairobi (Cluster 1) earn between Ksh14,961 and Ksh15,842, and those working in Cluster 4 (other locations) earn between Ksh13,211 and Ksh14,092.

“SRC draws attention to erroneous reports appearing in a section of the media focusing on the salary structure for Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers and caregivers. These reports have indicated that ECDE teachers receive a salary below the minimum wage. The reports were based on basic salary instead of the gross salary, and thus, misleading.”

“SRC hereby clarifies that in December 2021, it advised a gross remuneration for the lowest cadre of ECDE teachers based in Nairobi (Cluster 1) receiving between Ksh 14,961 and Ksh 15,842, while those in Cluster 4 (other areas) receiving between Ksh 13,211 and Ksh 14,092. This advice considered the affordability and fiscal sustainability of the wage bill for county governments,” part of the statement read.

Further, SRC noted there are plans in place to review the salaries.

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