Schools reopening: Only registered TSC BoM teachers are eligible for pay -CS Magoha

 

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha. FILE
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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha says the government will only pay BoM teachers who are registered with the Teachers Service Commission.


Magoha added that it will be a violation of the law if the ministry goes ahead to pay people engaged by BoMs and who have no TSC numbers.


CD Magoha was addressing legislators on  Wednesday when he appeared before the Education Committee of the National Assembly.


He recorded that the government has already dispensed money to 27,000 BoM teachers and more to on the course.


“There are teachers who do not have TSC numbers. They only put IDs numbers. We will pay only those with TSC numbers,” Magoha said.


“When we get lists from the headteachers, the first thing we look for is the TSC numbers. Going forward we shall only pay teachers with TSC numbers.”


Magoha was accompanied by Education CS Belio Kipsang during the afternoon session.


“What we paid for BoM teachers was an arbitration. We were to use Sh700 per child and that amount was shared among the teachers,” Belio said on how they arrived at Sh10,000.


However, Magoha added that high school heads who make dedications to suppliers outside their allocated budgets will soon face disciplinary action.


He added that soon a circular to all public secondary schools will be issued with advice to act within their respective budgets.


Any school head who will defy the directive will face disciplinary actions.


“Disciplinary action will be taken on any Principal/Accounting Officer who incurs beyond the school budget,” Magoha said.

“Boards of Management will also be expected to come up with a plan of how they will clear the outstanding debts owed to the suppliers.”


Magoha added that the majority of the secondary schools have cleared their bills as they had acquired 50 per cent capitation to public secondary schools before the schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


“Public Secondary Boarding schools had also collected boarding fees from parents. It is expected that most of the school supplies consist of tuition and boarding items whose fees schools had received and collected,” he said.


“Schools, therefore, ought to have paid for supplied commodities.” said Kipsang.
 

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