Secondary school non-teaching staff have vowed not to report to work when schools re-open until their unpaid dues are settled.
At a media briefing in Nairobi, Kenya Union of Secondary Schools Non Teaching Staff (KUSSNTS) leaders said their members will not go back to school if their salaries are not paid by next week.
“As much as they we will open schools unless money is in our pockets, we will not come to school,” said KUSSNTS National Chair Josephat Kamau.
They said that it is unfair to be called to go back to school when thair members have been going without salaries since March yet the money was factored in the budget.
KUSSNTS urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and salvage the situation given the fact that close to 200,000 members of their Union have undergone economical distress following the failure to execute payment of their dues.
KUSSNTS Nairobi branch Secretary General Daniel Kamanja said that their strides to reach various stakeholders in education sector have been futile ultimately rendering them forlorn in the matter.
“Mr President, are we not Kenyans, to suffer like this?” Kamanja posed.
“We demand your immediate intervention in this mess and call upon you to come to our rescue,” he said.
They turned the heat to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha, demanding an apology for remarks he allegedly made saying the secondary schools non teaching staff issue is a non-issue, accusing the CS of being insensitive.
They also insisted that all non teaching staff who were sacked and instructed that when schools reopen will be considered in securing jobs upon reapplication be reinstated unconditionally.
Consequently, they said that there is need for absorption of all non teaching staff into public service commission board.
The Ministry responding to President Uhuru directive to cushion school workers and BOM teachers from the effects of Covid-19 released the Vote head for free secondary educattion funds as highlighted in the break down below.
|Maintenance and Improvement||500||00.00||500.00|
|Other Vote heads (Personal Emoluments, EWC, Adm. Costs)||3226.00||00.00||3226.00|
In the circular the Ministry of Education said in January 2020, it released 50% 0f FDSE funds to schools.
These funds included P.E funds up to June 2020.
It further directed school heads that Ksh. 3,226 per learner should be utilized in the payment of salaries to non-teaching staff, water and electricity bills as well as administrative costs up to December 2020
Already most BOM teachers have been paid.
The payment which is kshs 10,000 per month is expected to run from July to December 2020.