Teachers hired by school boards are set to start receiving their money from the Sh1.72 billion Covid-19 relief kitty as from today, Thursday, September 10, 2020, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia has said.
Speaking on Wednesday on a tour to Murang’a county, the CAS revealed that only those teachers who were working in schools by the time the government ordered its indefinite closure will be considered for the pay.
The youthful CAS added that the over 1 billion shillings had already been set aside by the treasury and are set to be dispersed to different school accounts starting on Thursday morning.
Despite this, the CAS revealed that a number of BOM teachers recruited by the schools are set to miss out on the pay. He revealed that those who will be left out are those who have not registered with the TSC and those who did not attach valid bank details.
Echoing Kinuthia’s sentiments on Thursday morning, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang revealed that the funds have been cleared for release after the ministry verified the lists of 43,000 beneficiaries submitted by headteachers.
Kipsang added that as one way of ensuring that the money actually got to the rightful individuals, every recipient of the money is expected to sign and the headteacher countersigns as well.
This is expected to bring to an end the forth and back games between the school heads, the treasury, and the ministry of education over the formula in which the funds will be dispersed and to genuine beneficiaries.
The ministry earlier last month, was forced to reverse back the funds dispersed to different school accounts saying many school heads had provided false TSC registration numbers of the BOM teachers aimed to benefit from the funds. The ministry had to verify all the information submitted before releasing the funds.
The headteachers were accused of using among other crooked ways, TSC registration numbers belonging to retired teachers as well as deceased ones to falsely obtain money from the ministry.
The news comes as a sigh of relief for the thousands of BOM teachers who had been rendered jobless by the pandemic and were now risking losing all their sources of livelihoods even as the school reopening dates still remain unknown.
On School reopening dates, Kinuthia maintained that the dates remain January 2021 unless the number of COVID-19 cases keeps rising.