Over 500 private schools teachers in Nakuru Town West on Monday received food donations from Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama to cushion them from the negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
The donations are under the MP’s personal initiative towards his constituents during these harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the exercise at the Koinange Primary School in Nakuru West, Arama has vowed to engage the national government on the welfare of Private school teachers who are on unpaid leave since March when schools were shut due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The vocal Nakuru MP was categorical that the private school teachers are going through harsh economic times.
He said there is need for national government to step in since the teachers are crucial too in the education sector.
“We cannot ignore the Private schools teachers and that why I will also forward this issue to the national government so that we can see how they can also be supported” said Arama.
It should be noted that since the closure of schools due to COVID-19, teachers in private schools have not received any penny since March.
One of the Private schools teachers in Nakuru West Ms Moraa says the schools management gave them unpaid leave due to COVID-19.
She is however quick to note that the continued stay at home with no pay is making the private school teachers suffer.
Her appeal is to the National government to step and ensure they are considered as vulnerable during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The schools management just gave us unpaid leave since March and the situation is not good at all” she said.
Robert Lemo- a driver at Nakuru West secondary school commended the MP for the gesture stating that the food donation will boost his livelihood.
Lemo says life has not been same since March when they were given unpaid leave due to COVID-19 pandemic that has paralyzed the education system across the country.
“I am very happy that I have received the donations form area MP Arama.This is a gesture that should be emulated” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by his counterpart from Mwariki Secondary Dan Sagana.
He says as schools drivers in Nakuru West Sub County they have been going through harsh economic times since the schools were shut by government by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Simon Ole Nasieku from Nakuru Human Rights Network commending Nakuru MP Samuel Arama for remembering the Private Schools fraternity.
According to Nasieku,the more than 500 teachers who have benefited from the COVID-19 food donations have a reason to smile owing to what they have been going through since schools were shut in March.
He called on toher elected leaders in Nakuru County to emulate such leadership shown by Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama.
“We are grateful to Nakuru Town West MP for standing with the Private schools fraternity during this harsh economic times. We call on other leaders to emulate such” said Nasieku.