The government has released Sh15.4 billion to enable public schools prepare for reopening in January. Of these, Sh13.3 will go towards arrangements for social distance, hand washing and purchase of thermo-guns.
Another Sh2.2 billion will pay salaries of teachers employed by the Boards of Management and non-teaching staff, such as security personnel.
The money is expected to hit schools accounts starting today. Details show that some Sh750 has been allocated per child to cater for teachers employed by BoM.
Another Sh2,246 has been allocated for personal emoluments and will be used to pay non-teaching staff. Sh675 has been given for the National Hospital Insurance Funds and Sh500 for maintenance and repairs. This brings the total allocation per child to Sh5,151.
On salaries, the Ministry of Education said the money is being released only to teachers who are still active and who are retained by schools.
It emerged the data of 43, 000 teachers submitted by TSC to the Ministry may not be accurate as some teachers had quit following the March closure of schools to contain spread of Covid-19.
A letter by TSC dated August 4 to the ministry said the data submitted reflected the pay roll status before the pandemic.