The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) now wants the Education Ministry to cushion over 72,000 Board of Management teachers from the adverse economic effects during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Since the first case of Covid19 in Kenya was announced on 13th March 2020 subsequent closure of schools on 15th March 2020, about 72,000 workforces of teachers comprising of what is commonly referred to as Board of Management (BOM) teachers lost their jobs,” said KUPPET National Chairman Omboko Milemba.
KUPPET chair said that over 120,000 teachers from private and public schools and the Board of Management teachers have been affected by Covid-19.
“Its three months down the lane and this group of workers are forgotten despite the fact they fill in appropriately the gap of lack of enough teachers in our schools. These groups of teachers together with their counterparts in private schools have families which depend on them,” he said.
The union boss further questioned the decision by the Ministry of Education to recall Ksh 720 million activity money that had been sent to public schools.
He asked the Ministry to use part of that money to the affected teachers and support staff that has not been paid their salaries for the last three months because of non-remittance of capitation from the ministry to schools.
“These are extraordinary times and the Ministry must also deal with its workers in an extraordinary way that is humane and considerate,” he added.