Sh212.7M Salary Scandal Flaggs Nancy Macharia’s Commission
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) overpaid teachers’ wage arrears to the tune of Ksh212,724,467 for the fiscal year 2021/2022, as stated in the report from the Auditor-General. According to the report that was made public on February 20, 2023, a total of Ksh197,214,537 and Ksh15,509,930 was spent on duplicate arrears payments to 1,807 teachers and 135 Secretariat workers, respectively.
This action was deemed to be in violation of Article 201(d) of the Constitution of Kenya, which places an emphasis on the prudent and accountable use of public monies. In addition, according to the Auditor General, Ms. Gathungu, there were 21 teachers and 75 Secretariat workers who were given double leave allowances worth a combined total of Ksh240,000 and Ksh740,000, respectively, despite the fact that they did not work in regions that are considered to be in a state of hardship.
In addition, the TSC was responsible for failing to collect and remit a total of Ksh565,992,813 in Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) taxes from its 7,069 employees. The research indicates that during the fiscal year under consideration, PAYE was not deducted from the salaries of 3,281 employees with special needs, 3,784 employees without special needs, and 4 employees working in the Secretariat, which resulted in significant sums of back pay.
In addition, the inquiry uncovered problems with the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP), which was supported by benefactors. There was an underfunding of Ksh177,623,782 (which is equivalent to 39 percent) and an under-expenditure of Ksh132,158,454 (which is equivalent to 29 percent), both of which indicate that certain project activities were not carried out as anticipated.
The problems with un-surrendered Authority to Incur Expense (AIE) Funds that were not returned to The National Treasury as required by law were highlighted at the end of the study.
In general, the findings of the research show that the activities of the Teachers Service Commission are riddled with significant financial and procedural faults.