KUPPET now asks government to cushion BOM teachers

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has asked the government to cater for salaries of Board of Management (BOM) teachers and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Union’s National Chairman Omboko Milemba said that since schools were closed in March due to the coronavirus disease, about 72000 workforces of teachers comprising of BOM teachers lost their jobs.

“Today, its three months down the lane, and this group of workers are forgotten despite the fact they fill inappropriately the gap of lack of enough teachers in our schools. Currently, the gap is about 120,000 teachers. These group of teachers together with their counterparts in private schools have families which depend on them,” the statement reads in part.

The Union noted that the Ministry of Education has recalled activity money amounting to Kshs. Seven hundred million that had been sent to Public schools and urged the Ministry of Education to re-allocate part of this money to schools to pay BOM teachers and support staff whom they say have not been paid their salaries for the last three months.

“These are extraordinary times and the Ministry must also deal with its workers in an extraordinary way that is humane and considerate. Note that most of these teachers in both private and public are most actively involved in online teaching that is intermittently going on,” the statement added.

The union also asked the Education Ministry to explain the full budget of the activity funds budgeted in schools, how much has been used, and how much has been returned.