Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has given assurance that money for the Board of Management (BOM) teachers and non-teaching staff in public schools are already disbursed and that the delay is occasioned by the normal cash flow issues in government
Speaking after an education stakeholders meeting on Monday, Magoha fired back at critics blaming him for the delay as he said that such people ought to know how government works.
“BOM teachers should actually now have been paid; the bona fide ones and I have said that many times. The cabinet and the government approved their payments over six weeks ago and that position has not changed,” said CS Magoha.
The BOM teachers have gone without pay since March 2020 and the expected stimulus package of Sh10,000 per month will help them cope for five months till December before schools open in January.
However, the anticipated news on when schools will be opened is still a subject under discussion and the CS has urged people to avoid any speculation but wait for news from his office before August 25
“We have decided to reactivated the smaller stakeholders group between now and Saturday to work on the finer details of the proposals that shall be interrogated by this larger stakeholders group and even at that time if I succeed in getting backroom approval then I will tell you what we have decided,” said the Education CS.
Even so, CS Magoha has continued expressing his fear that achieving social distance in public schools is going to be a huge mountain to summit. In an attempt to climb that mountain, the government will attempt to get masks for the vulnerable and less fortunate children.
This comes at a time when the coronavirus cases continue to plummet, making Kenya 4 days away from reaching a 14-day-straight positivity rate of under 5 per cent which will mean the curve will have been flattened.
As part of the preparations for the reopening, the government also set up Sh1.9 billion form the making of desks for primary secondary schools. The government will be spending Sh3,800 per desk and will use Sh1 billion for the furniture in secondary and Sh900 million for primary schools respectively
Even though such extensive plans have been put down by the government to facilitate school reopening, school heads have expressed their frustration in not receiving the share of sh13.3 billion pledged to undertake hygiene and social distancing measures.
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