BOM teachers will start receiving stipends from the Sh1.72 billion Covid-19 relief kitty from tomorrow Friday, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia said.
He added that only those who were working by March 15 when the government ordered the closure of learning institutions will be paid.
Mr Kinuthia said the money has already been set aside by the National Treasury as per the advice of the Ministry of Education and would be sent to banks this morning.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang told the Nation that the funds have been cleared for release after the ministry verified the lists of 43,000 beneficiaries submitted by headteachers.
He said every recipient of the money must sign and the headteacher countersigns.
The teachers have gone without pay since March when schools shut in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Mr Kinuthia said the delays in paying the teachers were occasioned by reports of plans by some headteachers to steal the funds.
The CAS, who was on a tour of Murang’a county, added that the scheme had inflated the number of beneficiaries to 126, 000.
He said among the tricks that some of headteachers employed were using names of serving and retired teachers as well as dead ones, friends outside teaching profession and board members listed as instructors.
“The screening was not as it included listing the help of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), county Education directors and impromptu visits to particular schools,” Mr Kinuthia said.
He added that the budget to pay the teachers is part of the Sh15.4 billion the government has set aside for public schools to enable them prepare for reopening.
He said the reopening date remains January 2021 “unless something drastic happens from the Covid-19 front”.
According to Mr Kinuthia, the academic year will resume in January if the infection curve continues to flatten “but there will be a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday next week to make official pronouncements regarding the issue”.
He said the ministry has set aside money for free secondary education at a rate of Sh5,151 per learner.
Mr Kinuthia added some teachers would not receive the stipend despite having been recruited by school boards.
He said those to be left out have not been registered by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) or those who did not attach valid bank details.
Meanwhile, the government has set aside Sh1.9 billion for primary and secondary school desks ahead of reopening in January, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said yesterday.
The minister added that Sh1 billion would be used to make desks for high schools while Sh900 million would be for primary schools.
“We already have 800 prototypes of the desks. One goes for Sh3,800,” Prof Magoha said in Kilifi county after inspecting school preparedness for the reopening.
He said President Uhuru Kenyatta has summoned the 47 county commissioners to Nairobi on Friday to take the design of the desks.
“The President says it is not just about buying desks. Let the desks be made by sub-county jua kali artisans. The desks must be ready before the end of November,” Prof Magoha added.
He said despite the noise to reopen schools, he would not apologise to anyone “because children are home and alive”.
“There is a constitutional right to education, but there is also a greater right to life. Children have rights,” the Education CS said.
He added that educational institutions would reopen in January as earlier announced.
“That position has not changed but depending on how the virus behaves and on the ability of schools to comply with certain things, we shall relook,” he said.
Prof Magoha said if education stakeholders decide otherwise, depending on the virus curve which should be below five per cent for 14 days, the ministry would communicate to the public on the reopening date.
“When I say we can open earlier, I am talking about universities, nursing schools and colleges of health sciences because the country needs doctors. The doctors must sit for their exams to be posted,” he said.
“The next group will be the school of nursing, technical and vocational education and training institutes and teacher training colleges.”
Prof Magoha criticised the media “for misquoting me” over school reopening.
“What the media have done is to make me appear like a person who never went to school, a person who flip flops, today I say this tomorrow I say that. I am above that kind of nonsense,” Prof Magoha said.
What about the non teaching staff
These are not Kenyans.They do not eat.They are the most neglected lot by the government. No need getting bothered by these.
@CAS Kinuthia,,,The Circular that was required to be dully filled with the BOM Teacher particulars did not show the provision of BOM Teacher Bank account.(⛔)Now which Bank accounts are they going to feed in the money ?? ??. School operational Account ??. Big Bro this might be a great calculated Move.?? #Trained to suffer@BOM Teachers.
Is this true really?? BOM teachers to be paid as from tomorrow? Or just as usual empty promises?
What about those BOM trainers in tvets, are we aso among the beneficiaries?
Comment Text*i think it’s unfair for Cs education to say that if you didn’t match your bank account details correctly you will not get your pay…. where was that column
Who told them to attach bank account details, am hearing this for the first time.
What of those who served in primary schools, I think they should be remembered too,or they’re not part of kenyans who are suffering?
our President please order BOM trs to be paid immediately
Has the Treasury released the bom teacher’s money as promised to be on 11/9/2020?
Has the Treasury released the boom teacher’s money as promised to be on 11/9/2020?
Tomorrow never comes, you have proven this say
Ati account numbers again? Kwani mko na account numbers zetu.
Support staff team in Kenya are also suffering..
BOM TEACHERS N NONTEACHING STAFF WILL GET THE MONEY… BUT KUNA TU IDIOT MOJA IMEKALIA HIZO PESA… HALAFU WANADANGANYA NEXT WEEK OHH 11TH OHH SCREENING OHH ACCOUNT NUMBERS OHH…… Uhuru has failled…imeonekana ruto ndio alikuwa anarun gvt kweli…wanjohi is unable to order his ministers…. hajui power za president ako nazo akisema release money inafaa iwe hivo maswali baadae…nkt
MOE is procrastinating the Bom payment…… roads to KEMSA
the usual tomorrow……. now we have a new development… acc. numbers. I didn’t fill mine meaning am not getting anything at all. anyway we shall still wait for tomorrow
may God have mercy on us.
THEY WANT TO PAY ONLY FROM AUGUST….EARLIER BELIO AND ZACK ARE ON RECORD SAYING . IT WILL BE BACKDATED……. HAPA NAONA KUNA KUCHEWO!!!
Comment Text*Every time things come in to contradict ooh tsc no ooh teaching from march 15th now is BANK ACC.Is this a big thing. bom teachers we are suffering. Those holding our money to let them free
We have not received cash yet
Comment Text*kindly release money with immediate effect.walimu Wanakabiliwa na changamoto chungu nzima.
Comment Text*No hope for the BOM Teachers since things keep on complicating after every dot of the clock.
Comment Text*we haven’t been paid, hii pesa iko wapi ama ilkuwa minus primary schools bom teachers?
PRIMARY SCHOOL BOM TEACHERS ARE NOT VALUED IN THIS COUNTRY TILL NOW WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED OUR PAY ARE WE NOT TEACHERS ARE NOT KENYA’S? WE also HAVE FAMILIES TOO LIKE YOU PEOPLE HAVE
Please I beg you to have mercy on us as Bom primary teachers,it’s already Sept 25,yet no any coin for us,why please,the Head teachers are just saying that nothing in the school account,what is going to happen for us, someone to come out and talk about this,
I didn’t know that primary teachers are not recognised in this nation yet we are the ones molding this pupils to join the so called good high schools and now when it comes to the government pay we are sidelined why ! Why are you people doing this today being 29 ad still headteacher anasema Hakuna pesa
Comment Text*the concerned should come out clear about primary bomb pay we are languishing and blame the government, procrastination
Comment Text*surely primary bom teachers tunaumia tuhurimieni kama wenzetu tupate kuendeleza maisha aghalau.
I Like this, please trs go to work, do yo own work, we hav so many things to do. Agr-bussines is also a good job bye!
Primary bom teachers they are left out not paid by the government .While secondary bom are paid .why pay secondary and leave primary and both are suffering ?The government was very clear that every bom teacher was to be paid ,plz pay also primary bom teachers .
Please do something,we suppliers no single cent since March.