Kipsang: We’re preparing logistics to pay BoM teachers
Thursday, August 13th, 2020
Irene Githinji @gitshee
Thousands of teachers employed by public schools can now look forward to receiving salaries after the government demanded their particulars for verification.
The teachers, who are paid by their respective schools’ Board of Management (BoM) have gone without salaries since learning was disrupted following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March this year.
Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang in a circular to all county Directors of Education, directed respective schools to verify data of teachers employed by the boards.
Kipsang said completed details of the BoM teachers should be sent to Directors of Primary and Secondary schools respectively, with immediate effect.
“The ministry would like to verify the teachers under the Boards of Management in the schools.
You are required to confirm their employment status in the school by March 15 and relay that information to this office by Wednesday 12,” read the circular dated August 10.
Schools are expected to indicate the county, name of the school, number of teachers, their full names and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) numbers.
The directive follows a promise last month by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha that the government would release funds to schools to pay BoM teachers in public schools and non-teaching staff including security guards.
“BoM teachers are employees of our schools and money has been set aside to have them paid,” Magoha said.
He urged those who had stopped working over lack of pay to go back to work and ensure that schools were well maintained.
Over 70,000 BoM teachers have gone without pay since March when schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and have bee urging the government to intervene.
Other than BoM teachers, private schools have also borne the brunt of prolonged closure and have been calling for urgent intervention to cushion them from closing down.
However, Magoha last week said plans were underway to provide a Sh7-billion concessionary loan to bail out the struggling schools.
The Kenya Private Schools Association had asked for State’s assistance to put them on recovery path.