High school teacher salary in Kenya 2020

High school teacher salary in Kenya

High school teacher salary in Kenya in 2020. You might be an aspiring high school teacher and working hard in school to become one in the future. One question that’s inevitable is one touching on salary. Just how much is a high school teacher salary in Kenya?

We all pass through that stage to be clear and precise in whatever we are getting ourselves into in terms of career development.

You, therefore, need a piece of more elaborate, factual, and up-to-date information on how much a high school teacher earns at the end of every month.

Stay tuned as this article seeks to explore how much is a high school teacher salary in Kenya.

Job Description: High School Teacher

A high school teacher is a qualified individual whose primary focus is to teach curriculum subjects in secondary schools approved by the government through the ministry of education.

This includes preparing lessons, teaching students, guidance, and counseling, giving out tests and results, and other activities as stipulated by the ministry.

A high school teacher can be employed either in private learning institutions or by the government to teach in public schools

SHigh school teacher salary in Kenya Breakdown

A high school teacher teaching in a public school is paid using the unique Teachers Service Commission TSC salary structure. The ones in private schools are paid according to the structure of the school.

Private Secondary School

Lower-level high school teacher

Basic Salary: 21,727- 31,965

Middle-level high school teacher

Basic Salary: 25,939- 42, 654

High-level high school teacher

Basic Salary: 29,295- 47,985

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Public Secondary School

Chief Principal

Basic Salary: 102,807- 148,423

Principal and Deputy Principal

Basic Salary: 89,921- 109,256

Deputy Principal II

Basic Salary: 68,435

Deputy Principal III

Basic Salary: 63,345

Senior Teacher

Basic Salary: 59,321- 77,840


Basic Salary: 55,909- 58,272

Salary by education level

Bachelors Degree: 55,909- 58,272

Master’s Degree: 89,921- 109,256

Career Outlook

There is a definite increase in high school teacher salaries in Kenya, mainly due to the fact that the population growth and the need for better education from parents.

The recent changes in the curriculum system from the old 8-4-4 to the new Competency-Based Curriculum will make the reason behind the increase in teachers’ salaries in Kenya.

Averagely a Kenyan teacher enjoys an increase in salary after every 30 months at the rate of 6% thanks to their strong unions and bodies Kenya Nation Union of Teachers and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers KUPPET.

Qualifications to be a high school Teacher

The following qualifications are a must for one to qualify to be a teacher.

  1. Applicants must have a minimum of two (2) principles and one (1) subsidiary pass at ‘A’ Level
  2. A minimum mean-grade of C+(plus) at KCSE and in each of the two teaching subjects.
  3. A Bachelor of Education Degree in two (2) teaching subjects.
  4. A Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree plus a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with two teaching subjects.
  5. Applicants with a minimum of C plain at KCSE plus a Diploma in Education with at least a C plain in two teaching subjects should be considered.

 Responsibilities of a High School Teacher

  1. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
  2. Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  3. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
  4. Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students’ progress.
  5. Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  6. Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  7. Assign and grade classwork and homework.
  8. Observe and evaluate students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  9. Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  10. Guide and counsel students with adjustment and/or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  11. Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems.
  12. Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  13. Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  14. Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
  15. Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  16. Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students’ strengths and areas of need.
  17. Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
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Critical Skills a High School Teacher Should Possess

  1. Exceptional communication skills
  2. Organizational skills
  3. Conflict management and resolution
  4. Dedication
  5. Confidence
  6. Enthusiasm
  7. Creativity
  8. Hard work
  9. Patience

Potential Employers

  1. The government through the Teachers Service Commission TSC
  2. Private secondary schools
  3. Private holiday tuitions
  4. Tertiary Institutions if you have higher education qualifications
  5. Ministry of Education
  6. Education Consultancy firms

Job Tips

  1. Be exceptional in communication skills
  2. Have a second class- upper division and above in your graduate program

Author: Bob Kipkoech

I write to help people see life in a bigger picture.