How Headteachers' Fraud is Delaying BOM Payment

  • A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
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  • The Ministry of Education claims that the delay of Boards of Management teachers' payment has been caused by some school heads' attempts to swindle the government.

    Education CAS Zack Kinuthia insisted that money was available at the National Treasury but verification of data was yet to be completed.

    In a long statement on his Facebook page, Kinuthia blamed some school heads for submitting an exaggerated list of staff as well as adding tutors that had not been registered by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

    President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Zachary Kinuthia during his appointment as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education on January 14, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Zachary Kinuthia during his appointment as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education on January 14, 2020.

    "What is holding the money is the unverified data that was submitted to us from the field, vis-a-vis the data we have with the commission.

    "From the onset, I want to say that we received a humongous list from the field, including teachers who are not enrolled with TSC. This means school heads sent untrue or illegitimate data, which meant that money would have gone to the wrong people or more people than is the reality, denying the genuine beneficiaries the right," wrote Kinuthia on Facebook.

    He vowed that the teachers would get their payment once the data was verified.

    BoM teachers have gone without salaries since March 2020 after children were sent home in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    The teachers have since called on the national government to intervene and listen to their pleas.

    "I have heard your cries. I have read your painful stories out of over four months without pay. I have been walking with you in this journey and I won't abandon you until you're paid all the way to when we shall resume learning," Kinuthia promised.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta directed Treasury CS Ukur Yattani and his Education counterpart George Magoha to expedite the process of disbursing the funds to alleviate the plight of the teachers on July 27, 2020.

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    Education CS George Magoha addresses legislators in Parliament February 2020
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