According to the education CS the payment of BOM teachers salaries will be solely a responsibility of individual schools. This latest response of the CS to querries by members of parliament spells doom to the highly anticipated salaries of these teachers.
Magoha said that management of teachers is done by the Teachers Service Commission and not the ministry.
The CS made it clear that the funds the Ministry disburses to schools do not include the provision for teachers on boards of management. The engagement of BOM teachers is independently done by respective BOMs without involvement of the Ministry.
Magoha was responding to the Emuhaya member of parliament who is also the chair of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, Omboko Milemba. The mp wanted to know what strategies the Ministry has put in place to ensure BOM teachers and non-teaching staff will continue receiving their salaries during this Covid-19 period.
This is heart breaking to these teachers and workers as they might be left out of the latest government disbursement in case boards refuse to remunerate them.
Leaving the fate of these teachers on the school heads and BOMs will jeopardize their hopes.
“All the requisite funds have already been released to schools. Therefore, it is expected that the support staff will continue receiving their wages.” noted the CS.
Even though,the CS earlier last week confirmed that BOM teachers will receive their salaries as the funds have already been set aside, the Ministry should emphasize on paying these workers since the BOMs sometimes may not voluntarily pay them.
All these funds set aside to pay BOM teachers, non-teaching staff, security men and women should be closely monitored to ensure that they benefit and curb its misuse.
Even though the BOM teachers have seen a little light at the end of the tunnel their counterparts in private schools are in awkward situation at the moment.
The Ministry should ensure strict follow up on the use of these funds and come up with viable ways to ensure that the schools pay these teachers. Most of the principals and headteachers are sometimes cunning, so the probability of pay teachers may rarely beat zero.