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Teachers To Get COVID-19 Allowance, Awaits TSC Nod

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A Teacher union has welcomed calls from its member to demand Teacher Service Commission pay teachers Covid-19 allowance. An official who spoke to Kenyan voice on condition of anonymity (as he is not obligated to talk on behalf of the union),  told Kenyanvoice the matter had been forwarded to the commission for action.

Since schools reopen, Kenya has been witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, what experts say could be a very deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections. Education Cabinet Secretary has dismissed calls to shut down learning institutions as covid-19 hit schools.

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 In the proposal, the union want Teachers to be paid an allowance for their fight against COVID-19 in schools. In the request seen by Kenyanvoice, teachers demand a monthly allowance of ksh 5,768. A move that will cost the government 2.1billion if effected.

They argue since schools resumed they have been involved in various activities which according to labor law, it’s not their duties and responsibilities to be doing them. They claim teachers have been diagnosing and treating illnesses, taking care of isolation rooms, fumigation e.t.c roles assigned to health officials according to public health act.

 An official from Teachers Service Commission said they are still looking at the matter, as teachers’ efforts in fight against COVID-19 should not be underestimated.

TSC has been adamant on increasing teachers’ perks and promotions saying they are implementing the current CBA that runs to 2021.