Embakasi East Member of Parliament Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino says that President Uhuru Kenyatta has listened to his plead to support teachers in private schools who are currently on unpaid leave.
The teachers were sent on unpaid leave in March, after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the country.
Taking to his Facebook page on Sunday night, Babu expressed his happiness after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s announcement that the government is planning to support private schools affected by the pandemic.
“A week ago, I wrote an open letter pleading with H. E President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and offer relief to teachers in private schools who are currently on unpaid leave due to the Covid 19 pandemic. I am very pleased that the President has considered our appeal and has instructed that interventions be made. The Government has today announced that it will set aside Ksh7 billion for private schools hit by COVID-19,” Babu Owino wrote.
According to Magoha schools that will qualify for the boost will receive concessional loans to facilitate their operations and pay the teachers.
“I promise to aggressively play my oversight role as an MP to ensure that these funds are used for the intended purpose,” the youthful mp added
The Ministry of Education had indicated that schools would resume in January 2021, but later said that this will be depended on the prevailing conditions and number of Covid-19 infections in the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta re-opened Kenyan borders on his last nation address and advised Kenyans to keep themselves safe.
Everyone is encouraged to wear a protective mask on public places, keep social distance and avoid crowded areas.