The Ministry of Education has warned the teachers employed by Teachers Service Commission against skipping community based learning. According to education CAS Zachary Kinuthia, such teachers risk missing out on their salaries.

Kinuthia explained that such teachers will be considered to have absconded their duties. He further explained that the Community Learning in Nyumba Kumi model is not meant to replace the main curriculum but the government does not want to see children idling.

While speaking in Kilifi on Friday, Kinuthia also revealed that teachers and other persons who plan to disrupt the exercise will face the full force of the law. He called upon teachers to follow the guidelines provided while undertaking the CBL program.

According to the Education Ministry statistics, so far 224,494 teachers have registered with the local authority in readiness for the community learning programme. This is almost 70% of the total number of teachers.

The programme will have learners studying under trees, in community halls and open spaces in their areas.
The student will be expected to strictly adhere to social distancing rules to curb the spread of covid-19. Wearing of masks and frequent sanitization or hand washing will also be compulsory. Classes will not have more than 15 learners.
“15 is not a big number. It actually gives the teacher a great opportunity to interact with these children,” Kinuthia added.

The move comes even as the government resorts to a countrywide risk assessment of all learning centers to establish their safety levels, suitability and readiness to re-open.

The exercise will require schools to avail data on specific health protocols on Covid-19.

By August 20, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had registered 224,494 tutors in readiness for programme that the government hopes will keep students occupied as schools remain closed.

The remaining 112, 938 teachers are also expected to register but poor coordination and communication are threatening to stall the project even before kick off.

Teachers, government administrators and health officials have complained of lack of clear directions on executing the plan. The state has been accused of not doing enough to reassure Kenyans of the safety of their children.

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