Teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission, receive different types of allowances. These allowances are paid to teachers alongside their monthly salaries. Allowances paid by TSC depend on such factors as the work station, job grade of individual teachers, responsibilities and others like type of learners handled. There are two types of allowances that registered teachers get;

Remunerative allowances

Reimbursable expenses

1.Remunerative Allowances

This are the allowances that are paid with salary at the end of the month.

There are two types of remunerative allowances;

  1. Automatic
  2. Those paid upon application

Automatic allowances include;

  1. House allowance

It is paid on a monthly basis to all teachers. It is paid on two criteria; Job grade and workstation. Teachers in higher job groups earn a higher house allowance than those in lower groups. For instance teachers working in Nairobi receive the largest amount of house allowance whereas those in reserves receive the lowest amounts.

  1. Hardship allowance
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TSC pays monthly hardship allowance to teachers working in areas prone to insecurity, high risks and harsh climatic conditions. The commission has designated areas with insecurities and hardships. The allowance is paid according to a teacher’s grade.

  1. Commuter allowance

It is paid to all teachers on a monthly basis. Payment of this allowance is solely dependent on the teacher’s job group.

  1. Leave allowance

Leave allowance is a yearly allowance paid together with the January Salary of the preceding year. It is given as per a teacher’s grade; with those in higher job grades earning more.

Allowances paid on application include;

Responsibility allowance

This is paid to head teachers, deputy headteachers and senior teachers who are at Job Group K and below.

Special duty allowance

This is payable to teachers below job group M appointed to administrative posts by commission and deployed in arid and semi-arid lands.

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Readers allowance

This is paid to a visually impaired teacher who has engaged a reader whose minimum qualification is not below KCSE D+/KCE Division III. The allowance is paid at a fixed rate determined from time to time by the commission. Also known as aid allowance, reader’s allowance is paid at a rate of Sh15,000 per month to the blind teachers and those confined to wheel chairs by virtue of their disability.

Interpreters Allowance

This is payable to deaf teachers who engage interpreters while on study leave.

       Special school allowance

This is paid to teachers specialized in special needs education and who have been deployed to teach in special schools or units.



Transfer Allowance

This is payable to teachers who have been transferred from one workstation to another, provided the transfer is initiated by the Commission. It is equivalent to a teacher’s basic pay for one month.

  1. Reimbursable Expenses
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The commission compensate the following expenses to teachers and are refundable upon application.

Travelling expenses

The teacher is eligible for reimbursement only in the following circumstances;

Where a teacher’s interdiction has been revoked.

While traveling to attend an interview

Travelling to a station on first posting outside home District

Traveling from duty station outside home District on retirement

Teachers working in hardship areas travelling to and from home during school holidays. The teacher’s home District must be outside the hardship area.


Quota per diem

This is daily subsistence allowance paid to teachers on official assignment. Application must be made at least 14 days before travelling.



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