Heartbreaking Stories of Teachers Hit Hard Without Months of Pay

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  • Since President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 15, 2020, ordered that all schools should be closed as a measure to combat Covid-19 in the country, teachers have been hardest hit with most going 3-months without pay.

    Most of them now say that they have been evicted from their houses, lack food while others have turned to menial jobs for survival.

    "We do not know if we should turn to TSC or we should tell our governor," Moses Mutuku, a teacher at Kanjuku Primary school in Gatundu stated.

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    Mutuku represents thousands of teachers who have been hit hard by the closure of schools.

    In Nakuru County, hundreds of teachers have called on the National and County Governments to list them as vulnerable groups.

    The teachers, who are under the umbrella of the Nakuru County Board of Management and Private Schools Association, stated that they had not received their salaries from March after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the closure of schools.

    The teachers decried that the situation may get worse because schools are now expected to be opened in September.

    "We are jobless since our employers depend on the school fees paid by the students to run the institutions and also pay us," Hawala Fred, an official of the group stated.

    Stephen Oguto, who is also part of the group, stated that some teachers had their contracts terminated because the board could not sustain them.

    "Unlike public schools, private schools do not receive capitation, this could have really cushioned us during this pandemic," Oguto stated.

    Another member of the group stated that most of the teachers had been evicted from their homes and did not have places to stay.

    "We just need assistance, whatever amount the government will give us, we will be okay with it since our livelihoods have been stopped abruptly, he weighed in.

    The head of state on Saturday, June 6, announced that the Ministry of Education would come up with the new school calendar by the middle of August.

    He disclosed that the gradual reopening of schools would begin on September 1, 2020.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta interacting with a student of Nyiro Girls’ Secondary School from Baragoi (Samburu County) at State House, Nairobi on Friday, November 1, 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta interacting with a student of Nyiro Girls’ Secondary School from Baragoi (Samburu County) at State House, Nairobi on Friday, November 1, 2019
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