About 117 out of the 1000 Board of Management (BoM) teachers in Trans Nzoia county will benefit from the food donation programme. Trans Nzoia County emergence and response committee on coronavirus is out to help the worst-hit teachers by the impacts of Covid-19 after going without pay for months.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus in March, the teachers who had gone months in pain and agony without salaries as they felt ignored and asked for more well-wishers to help them subdue the challenges. Among the most affected are the primary school teachers who were never considered by the government unlike secondary school BOM teachers who receive Ksh10,000 monthly stipend.
Even after the government directed that BOM teachers be paid some substantial amount of money to cushion them from the covid-19 effects it has also emerged that up to now there is a group of teachers who claim they never received a cent.
The Transzoia County Young Teachers Association Chairman Samuel Kimutai applauded the committee for the food benefactions given to teachers employed by the Board of Management (BOM) and requested for well-wishers to better the lives of the remaining more than 1000 teachers from the effects of the virus.
"We are full of appreciation to the county emergency response team on coronavirus and we can attest to the fact that the donations will assist the teachers to feed their families during this most hard-hitting times necessitated by COVID-19…We are asking the government and other well-wishers to chip in and assist them to overcome the challenges now that schools are not opening until next year," said Kimutai.
Trans Nzoia County Young teachers Association secretary Juliana Miheso remarked that they had undergone a lot of suffering throughout the pandemic with no help. Miheso further urged the government to prioritize the employment of teachers who had not been absorbed.
Miheso noted that the association had been mobilizing for assistance from good wishers to assist the helpless teachers who have had hurdles fending for their families during the Covid-19 pandemic.