The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has provided clarification regarding the deduction of the Housing Levy from teachers’ January salaries, despite a High Court ruling declaring it illegal.

TSC boss Nancy Macharia defended the Commission’s action, stating that the court declaration came after the payroll had already been processed. Macharia explained that payroll processing typically begins on the 20th of each month, with salaries usually deposited into teachers’ accounts by the 22nd. However, the court ruling was issued on the 26th, after the processing had begun.

Speaking at a sensitisation workshop for education reporters in Nairobi, Macharia indicated that she could not comment on whether the Housing Levy would be deducted from teachers’ February salaries.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) expressed discontent with the deductions, vowing to take legal action against TSC. Kuppet Secretary General Akelo Misori stated that the union would pursue all measures to protect teachers’ earnings and benefits, including instituting contempt proceedings against TSC.

Misori highlighted that numerous teachers had reported Housing Levy deductions in their January payslips, despite clear court orders declaring the levy illegal and unconstitutional. He demanded a refund of the deductions and criticized TSC’s explanation that the deductions occurred due to payroll processing timing.

Kuppet emphasized the importance of adhering to court rulings and called for the immediate release of the deducted Housing Levy amounts. The union urged TSC to make necessary adjustments to the payroll in light of the court’s decision.

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