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Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has released new house allowance rates for teachers. All teachers employed by the TSC earn a mandatory house allowance which helps them live in decent houses.

It should be noted that only teachers employed under permanent and pensionable terms are eligible for this type of allowance. The house allowance rates vary depending on a number of factors.

The teacher’s job group together with work station are determinants in calculating the amount of house allowance they receive.

In determination of the rates paid to teachers under the house allowance, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission  has put teachers into different classes.

These different types of classes are paid different rates. The following areas are inclusive in this list:

Nairobi, former major municipalities (Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Thika, Kisii, Malindi, and Kitale),

Other former municipalities (Ruiru, Kikuyu, Kitui, Machakos, Mlolongo, Athi River, Vihiga, Wote, Mumias, Bomet, Limuru, Kericho,).

Teachers working in Nairobi pocket the highest housing allowance rates due to the high rental rates charged in the city.

It should be noted keenly that reference to major municipalities refers to regions that are in or adjacent to major towns in Kenya.

Additionally, other former municipalities in Kenya also get housing allowance rates. The rates paid differ from one place to another.

The Teachers Service Commission has classified rural regions in Kenya as areas falling under other areas. This is in reference to the house allowance rates paid.

Other TSC allowances including the commuter allowance and leave allowance don’t depend on the region one works in. It only depends with one’s job group and it’s uniform across the job group and class.

Similarly, teachers in higher job groups get more house allowances than their counterparts in lower groups.

Administrators in Job grades D5 to D2 and working in Nairobi receive the highest monthly house allowance. These teachers pocket KSh. 50,000 per month.

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