Why private school teachers should not blame their institutions for the tough times they are undergoing.

If there is one thing that several private school teachers will remember Corona virus pandemic for,then it is the economic impact.

While many have lost their jobs,several others have been sent on unpaid as the schools entirely depend on school fees for paying them .

As a result of the financial crisis due to corona virus pandemic,many of the teachers have been ejected from their rented homes.

Majority are unable to take care of their medical bills probably because their institutions halted remittance of statutory deductions to National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

In consequence ,the stranded teachers have resorted to menial jobs such as building and construction ,commonly known as mjengo, fishing ,farming and Hawking among others

Worst of all ,others have been thrown to very serious mental distress.

The institutions also have no reason to smile whatsoever as huge bills continue to accumulate ,something that is said could lead to total closure of many of them.

They (private schools) have further been pushed to the wall by education ministry stakeholders’ decision to push opening dates to early next year if the infection curve flattens.

Coupled with Professor Magoha’s directive to have institutions return second and third terms school fees ,they are further affected greatly.

Kisumu’s elite school is a perfect example  having sent home all 18 teachers on unpaid leave.

The director who doubles as the Kisumu county Secretary general Mr. Michael Oliech said that initially ,they thought they could receive part of Covid-19 fund ,part of which they would use to cushion teachers.

Because that has not been effected, they have no option but wait untill that time when schools shall re-open.

Victoria breeze academy was no exemption. The director , Methuselah Fridah said that the teachers they sent on unpaid have explored alternatives.

Subukia’s eagele Apex retained 6 teachers who were unable to raise rent after schools were closed. However,30 percent of its staff was sent home.

Prof Mirriam Kinyua, the proprietor of Kagaki Schools, said she has spent much of her savings on unavoidable expenses such as insurance policies and statutory deductions.

“I had a discussion with my staff. I am still remitting their NHIF and NSSF deductions on humanitarian grounds. I am avoiding a situation where one would fall sick and lack access to healthcare,” said Kinyua.

PCEA church sponsored  St. Nina’s school asked the parents for financial support by paying an advance school fees of 2000 to help run certain programmes in the schools and pay some bills.

 “Our humble request is for your financial support of Sh2,000 as advance school fees payment to facilitate urgent school programmes. The fees paid will be factored in the term during which the schools will reopen,” a circular to parents read.

The head teacher ,James Gathoga divulged that they have been struggling to meet its incurring its recurring expenses.

Embu’s Tenri primary school took away teachers allowances with a pay for the permanently employed staff but the casuals were laid off.

The school also took to online teaching besides asking parents to pay future fees at a discount.

Worse still,other schools have been forced to close. They say that even if schools shall re open there will be need for government’s bail out if they are to remain in the business.

Other schools asked the parents to consider transferring their children to other schools as they contemplated total closure of the Institutions.

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