Teachers employed on Board of Management (BOM) terms and those in private schools across the country fear going without salary if schools won’t open by May.
Schools remain closed and there is uncertainity over when Covid-19 epandemic will go away and give room for the reopening of schools. This situation has left this group of teachers’ future unclear as far as their salary is concern over this period.
The BOM teachers are normally employed under unclear terms what leaves their fate on the hands of the employer while those in private schools are employed on ‘earn as you work’ basis.
Traditionally, there have been cases where some schools don’t pay their teachers over the November-December long holiday. In this case, the teachers have to wait until January to get their next salary. With this Pandemic like to take longer period now there are concerns whether the schools will continue to pay teachers over this period yet they are not working.
In private schools already some schools have asked their staff to take compulsory unpaid leave. There are more than 1,932 private secondary and 8,000 private primary schools in the country.
Most of the private schools are situated in urban regions where parents can afford the high fees charged. International schools have also been attracting many students, majorly from the elite parents and diplomats.
However, leaders across the political divide have urged employees not to fire their staff over the crisis. The recent one being The Deputy President.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed all schools and higher education learning institutions to shut down to reduce the danger of the spread of the coronavirus across the country. Following the closer, 15 million primary and secondary school learners are now at home.
According to this year’s school calendar, primary and secondary schools were scheduled to close by April 10. Second term was scheduled to begin on May 4 and end on August 7 while third term was scheduled to open on August 31 and end on October 30.