The teachers Service Commission draws it's mandate to manage the affairs of teachers from article 237 of the Constitution.
The Commission which is made up of nine Commissioners underwent changes earlier this year when a number of members retired having served their terms of six years.
To discharge it's function properly, there is a Secretariat headed by CEO Dr nancy Macharia who doubles up as the Commission Secretary.
TSC has over 300000 teachers on it's payroll who teach in both primary and secondary schools making one of the largest state agencies in the country.
With this high number of employees, the Commission has Emerged top in terms of spending on workers.
Data presented to parliament by controller for budget Margaret nyakango revealed that TSC alone gobbled Ksh 273.41 which is 55.9 % of total expenditure on compensation to employees by National government.
In total the government spent Ksh 498.07 which represents 42.4% of gross expenditure by ministries, department and agencies.
Other big spenders included the state department of Interior and citizen Services at Ksh 127.5 billion and defence at Ksh 112.44 for the financial year 2020/2021.
The government has been under pressure to cut down on recurrent expenditure so as to free money for development.
This led to SRC's move to suspend salary increment for public Officers to the chagrin of teachers and civil servants.
To appease teachers, TSC had to sign a non-monetary CBA with some slight benefits like extended maternity and paternity leaves.
Nevertheless, even as the huge figures are being splashed, teachers still remain some of the most poorly paid public Officers with the lowest taking home a basic salary of approximately ksh 21700.
This is contrary to what their bosses earn. For instance, the TSC commissioners take home a consolidated pay of over Ksh 600000 per month.
The huge disparity in Salaries is still a problem and there is need to address it before the Mandarins at treasury talk of wage bill reduction.
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