Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC ) through its Director of communications Mrs Beatrice Wababu has assured government employed teachers that there are no plans to stop paying them.
She said that it is not the teachers who have refused to go to work but schools are closed due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
She expressed her confidence in the fact that if situations allowed and the teachers called upon to resume work,they wouldn’t hesitate.
Further, Mrs Wababu said that teachers cannot be penalised by the commission for a problem that they did not create.
This declaration comes at a time when several teachers had expressed fear that their salaries could be stopped if the pandemic continued further.
Going by the TSC records, teachers’ monthly salaries claims ksh 20.6 billion which totals to Sh247.2 billion yearly.
On a sad note, those employed on Board of Management terms and the non-teaching staff face uncertainity as the government has been evasive in releasing funds to schools.
Upon closure of schools following the report of the first case of Corona virus in the country,several TSC employed teachers went home.
By the time schools shall be reopening in January,the shall have earned for 9 good months from the comfort of their living rooms.
Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) chairman Kahi Indimuli says that when called upon,teachers will readily go to work at any time and hence should not be victimised.
“If the situation changes now, teachers will go back to class. So we should not be punished for a problem we did not create,” Mr Indimuli said.
Kenya National Union of teachers KNUT through secretary general Wilson Sossion said that teachers are under protection of the Collective Bargaining Signed by TSC and this should be respected.
He added that their main focus at the moment should be how to improve the infrastructure in schools and measures to mitigate covid-19 as they prepare to open.
Further the firebrand Secretary general said that UNESCO and WHO, in their advisories for reopening schools across the world, have called for the protection of teachers’ salaries.
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