Inadequate teachers, delayed release of funds, covid-19 protocols, among burden of mass schools reopening

Inadequate teachers, delayed release of funds, covid-19 protocols, among burden of mass schools reopening

Last Updated at: 2021-07-26 17:57:55

For the first time in almost a year, schools will be opening to full capacity. Given that a large number of learners will be back to school at the same time, the Teachers' Service Commission (TSC) appreciates the burden awaiting its employees. 

"The upshot of the full assumption of learning next week is that the workload of our teachers would be much higher than it has been for the last 10 months."

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Even as the TSC plans to employ 8,000 teachers and another 6,000 intern teachers in the coming weeks, the challenge will be for the same teachers to handle the learners without exposing themselves to the danger of contracting COVID-19. 

According to the ministry of health COVID-19 situational report, only 85,000 out of 330,671 teachers have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

"We trust that the teachers will do their best as they have always done to ensure that they accommodate the learners and to deliver quality teaching to them."

"We want to ask our teachers to ensure that we continue observing the health protocols when the learners report to school, and all of us to give whatever little that we can in terms of whatever support to ensure that we run our terms and academic year smoothly." Julius Jwan

"The term that we have just completed, ladies and gentlemen, did not have any major issues with COVID. Despite the fact that it was at the peak of the so-called 3rd wave." Said Magoha

Whereas the past year schools managed to observe COVID-19 protocols due to a small number of learners, the more than 15 million learners expected back in school, beginning July 26th, we'll post a huge dilemma to help teachers and school principals.

School heads will also be facing another huddle delay in the disbursement of capitation funds. These, even as a report suggested that the ministry of education has placed a requisition of 20.5 billion shillings to the national treasury, which we'll see 14.5 billion shillings to go to secondary schools. 

And since form one learners will wait until August 2nd, they have not been up in the 14.5 billion shillings allocations. Primary schools are expected to receive 6 billion shillings. 

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Nevertheless, the government headteachers and school principals use the balances on last year's funds to run programs as they wait for the new funds. 

Magoha said that the government will be watching to ensure no child will be disadvantaged in accessing quality education as it aims to attains a 100 per cent transition rate from primary to secondary schools.

“I have had a meeting with the Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to mop up every child who did Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination joins Form One,” Magoha said.

Meanwhile, 9,000 learners received their full secondary school scholarships during the launch of this year's Elimu scholarship program.

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