Various Retirement Options for Teachers: Guidelines and Processes

As teachers advance in their professions, retirement planning becomes increasingly important. Understanding the numerous retirement options accessible to teachers is critical as they plan for their futures outside of the classroom.

In this post, we will look at the various retirement alternatives available to teachers, ranging from compulsory to voluntary, and discuss the procedures and requirements involved with each.

Teachers who understand these retirement pathways can make more informed decisions about their retirement plans, ensuring a smooth transition into this new period of life.

Compulsory Retirement

This applies to teachers above the age of 60. The Commission will issue a notice two years prior to the retirement date. In some instances, the Commission may give a shorter retirement notice.

When a teacher receives the retirement notification, they should:

  • Send all of the papers requested in the notice as soon as possible.
  • Completely fill out the bank papers with his or her bank account information.
  • Commute a portion of his or her pension, up to a quarter.
  • Confirm your tax status with the KRA and pay any outstanding tax liabilities.

Retirement in the Public Interest.

A teacher’s usefulness to the teaching service or any public assignment, along with any other factors that make such retirement desirable in the public interest, may determine their retirement.

NB: Teachers who retire are eligible for a lump sum and a monthly pension.


Retirement on Medical Grounds

A teacher can apply for retirement or be required to retire due to medical reasons, and he or she should attach supporting medical records.


The Commission will request that the Director of Medical Services (DMS) convene a medical board.
The Medical Board will evaluate the teacher and provide a recommendation to the DMS, who in turn advises the Commission.
The Commission will retire the teacher for medical reasons.

Voluntary Retirement

A teacher may request to retire at the age of 50 and after completing 10 years of continuous service on permanent and pensionable terms. Such a teacher must submit a written application to the institution’s head, providing three months’ notice and explaining the anticipated retirement date.

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Upon receipt of the application, the Commission shall consider it and issue a retirement notice. Once the instructor has provided the appropriate paperwork, process the retirement claim. The claim will then be referred to the Director of Pensions, Treasury, for payment.

Various Retirement Options for Teachers: Guidelines and Processes

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