Even as the coronavirus pandemic ravage through the country, the government is taking strict measures to protect elderly teachers and those with pre-existing conditions.
On Monday, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) directed teachers aged above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions urged to work from home.
“Teachers aged 58 years & above & those with pre-existing conditions should stay at home. As this is a Presidential directive, your employers will not sack you. TSC has negotiated for teachers to be covered for COVID-19 related illnesses,” TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said.
Nancy Macharia, CEO, TSC: Teachers aged 58 years & above & those with pre-existing conditions should stay at home. As this is a Presidential directive, your employers will not sack you. TSC has negotiated for teachers to be covered for COVID-19 related illnesses pic.twitter.com/0yiRaHmWnu
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) November 16, 2020
The Covid-19 second wave have hit hard learning institutions since schools were reopened for Grade 4, Standard 8 and Form 4 learner early last month.
Barely a month after schools were partially reopened, at least 35 schools across the country have reported positive coronavirus cases.
The most recent case of covid-19 in schools involves Kabarnet Boys High School in Baringo County where thirty-eight form four students tested positive.
The county commissioner on Sunday confirmed the cases and that the Ministry of Health led by the Public Health Officers and Health CEC Mary Panga had begun a fumigation exercise in the school.
All schools in KENYA to reopen fully 4.1.2021
1. All 4 year olds to join PP1 in July 2021.
2 PP 1&2, Grade 1, 2 and 3, Class 5, 6 and 7 and Form 1, 2 and 3 to start their second term on 4.1.2021 and end on 19.3.2021
— TEACHERS IN KENYA ONLINE (@TEACHERSinKENYA) November 16, 2020
He further said that students have been isolated within the school, and that teachers and non-teaching staff are undergoing a mandatory COVID-19 test to ascertain their status.
On Monday, TSC Boss Nancy Macharia announced that all 337,000 government teachers will receive full medical cover under Teachers Service Commission scheme for COVID-19 related ailments.