Private schools’ teachers decry harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19

Teachers from private schools in Nakuru county have decried the harsh economic times they are going through due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing media in Nakuru on Monday,the teachers say the situation is unbearable.
Under the umbrella Nakuru county BOM and private school teachers,they say they are unable to cater for their bills since the schools were shut down by goverment following COVID-19.

Led by Hawala Fred,the private  teachers say they have not received their salary since March and with the school not opening u til September means  they will continue to feel the pinch.

“Since March the situation has not been favourable” said Hawala.
They are now appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta  to consider them under the vulnerable groups for the next 3 months.
While noting that the government has set aside funds for the vulnerable,the private school teachers in Nakuru county say they should also be included in the category.
“We call on President to also listene to private school teachers and those employed by BOM” said Hawala.
They say they have raised the issue with their respective schools’ management but in vain since the proprietors are also going through hard times due to the fact that the schools are shut.
According to the teachers, proprietors of schools have no money since schools are not operating.
Henry Kong’a admits that since March they have been unable to pay their bills.
“We are going through alot as private school teachers.We cannot pay bills” he said.
It will  be recalled that last Saturday during the national address,President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted at schools opening as from September 1.
The President directed the Ministry of Education to come up with modalities on how schools will resume as from September.
He added that the education calendar shall be made public by mid August.

ECDE teachers blast counties for upstaging their progress

ECDE teachers have expressed concern over the management of the education within the counties accusing the Governors of unilaterally micromanaging the realization of the progressive development of the teachers.

Speaking at Menengai social Hall in Nakuru, National chairman of the trained ECDE teachers Lawrence Odunga said that there is still a huge disparity in the pay of the teaches and called on the TSC to fastract the schemes of service that will help to inform the uniform remuneration of the teachers.

Odunga said that most of them perform at the mercies of the county bosses and as such said that they must be treated with dignity like any other trained teachers.

Some of the ECDE teachers present said that their pay has been a challenge and despite seeking audience with some of the county leaders, they have been futile.

Photo/Pristone Mambili:An ECD teacher Ms Josphine Mugo during lessons at Kiamaina ECD, Bahati in Nakuru.

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