TSC Revised Teacher allowances per Job group

TSC teachers earn a variety of allowances in addition to their base monthly income. Allowances are given based on a variety of criteria, including the location of a teacher’s work station, his or her job group, responsibilities, and even the number of students he or she supervises.


Teachers are entitled to two types of stipends:



NOTE: Reimbursable allowances are refundable upon application, whereas remunerative allowances are provided with the basic wage.

There are two different kinds of remuneration allowances:


Those who were compensated at the time of application.

Allowances that are made automatically


Allowance for hardship.

Allowance for leave.

Allowance for commuters.

Allowance for housing.

Allowance for medical expenses.

1.Hardship allowance


Teachers who work in TSC-designated hardship areas receive monthly hardship allowances based on their job group/grade. Hardship allowances are distributed to teachers as shown in the image below.

2.Allowance for leave


This type of allowance is normally paid once a year, in January, with the previous year’s income.


As illustrated in the graphic below, this allowance is paid based on one’s job group.

3.Commuters Allowance

This allowance is distributed on a monthly basis to all instructors, based on their employment category.


This stipend is paid based on the employment group of the individual.


4.Allowance for housing


All teachers receive a stipend for their living expenses, which is determined by their job grade and workstation.


In comparison to teachers in lower employment groups, those in higher job groups receive higher housing allowances.


The TSC has also divided the country’s work stations into four groups.


previous significant municipalities include: (Mombasa,Nakuru,Kisumu,Eldoret,Nyeri,Kisii,Malindi,Nyeri and Kitale)

Other former municipalities: (Machakos,Kakamega,Bungoma,Embu,Homabay,Migori,Voi,Siaya,Lodwar,Meru,Limuru,Bomet,Webuye,Maua,Nanyuki,Nyahururu,Kapsabet,Kiambu,Mlolongo,AthiRiver,Wote,Vihiga

Other places: Teachers working in Nairobi earn greater home allowances, whereas those working in rural areas (other areas) receive lower amounts.

The allowances are paid as shown in the illustration below.

5.Medical allowance


Teachers no longer receive this type of stipend.

Allowances Paid Upon submission of an application


a)Special duty allowance—This amount is transferred to teachers in Arid and Semi-arid parts of the country who are below job category M and have been appointed to an administrative position by the commission.


b)Responsibility allowance—This is paid to headteachers, deputy headteachers, and senior teachers in Job Group K or lower.


c)Readers allowance-This sort of stipend is paid to a visually impaired instructor who has hired a reader with at least a KCSE D+ or KCE DIV. III level. Readers stipend, also known as help allowance, is granted to blind teachers and those confined to a wheel chair due to physical disabilities at a monthly rate of sh 15,00.

d)Interpreters allowance—All deaf teachers who hire interpreters while on study leave receive this payment.

e)Transfer allowance: TSC pays this amount to teachers who are transferred from one district to another.


f)special school allowance—This is provided to teachers who have completed a special education program and have been assigned to teach in special schools or units.




TSC reimburses teachers for the following expenses:


Expenses for travel

Per diem quota

1.Expenses for travel

Only the following circumstances qualify a teacher for reimbursement:-


When traveling for an interview.

When a teacher’s prohibition is lifted.

When traveling to a station outside of one’s own district for the first time.

On retirement, when traveling from a station outside of the home district.

During the formal school holidays, teachers working in difficult places go to and from home (The home district MUST be outside the hardship area).

2.Per diem quota


  1. This is the daily sustenance allowance that instructors receive when on official duty.


This allowance must be applied for at least 14 days before to departure.

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