In 2016, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) together with Teachers Service Commission (TSC) contracted PriceWaterhousecoopers to do a job evaluation. As a result, new grading structure for teachers was born. TPAD also came along. Contrary to what many teachers think, new grading structure did not necessitate new pay, it’s the signing of 2017-2020 CBA that did.
Having said that, every teacher is aware that the new grading system did away with few job groups that existed during Scheme of Service (SoS) and added others.
Do You Know The Meaning of Alphabet B, C & D in Your Job Grade?
My focus will be on the new and current grading system under Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs). Surprisingly, many teachers actually don’t know what the alphabets in their job group means, most think they were just assigned arbitrarily, they are wrong!
And, to make the matter worse, even some can’t differentiate whether, they are in grade C1 or C2. That aside, here is the real meaning of those alphabet in your grade.
TSC on recommendation from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, decided to apply a system of job evaluation known as Peterson Banding. This analytical method place jobs into six 6 groups, also called bands, the six groups are also subdivided into two or more sub-groups. Each group defines its pay. The six groups under Peterson banding are arranged alphabetically, they are A, B, C ,D ,E and F. Each group has sub-divisions like, A1, A2, C1, C3, D4 etc.
Why We Don’t Have Teachers In Grade A, E & F
Grade A is the lowest while Grade F is the highest. Probably you are wondering why we don’t have teachers in job group A, E and F. Here is the answer to that question.
Job Group/band A, belong to the unskilled workers, they perform duties with minimum or no training. TSC doesn’t employ unskilled workers and therefore none is placed in this grade. If ground man in your school was an employee of TSC, he could have been in this grade.
Job Group E belong to the senior management in charge of various departments and policies made at the top. There are no teachers serving at the TSC Headquarters, neither are those working there classroom teachers. So don’t expect to hear a teacher in this group.
Job Group F is the highest and belongs to top management like CEO or chair of the board of the organization. In our case, Dr Nancy Macharia and Dr Lydiah Nzomo are in Job Group F.
Teachers are in Job Groups/Bands B5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5. According to Peterson Banding, those in Grade D (lower or upper) are middle level managers mandated to decide on rules and procedures that will work out well in realization of organizational goals. They are to optimally use available resources through proper decision making. You now understand why your Principal is in Job Grade D.