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The Board Of Management (BOM) Teachers Dilemma Ahead Of School Reopening

The second month since the government announced that the Board of Management teachers would be paid some money, it has emerged that a good number of teachers are yet to be paid.

"I graduated in 2016, and l have been teaching in that school since 2017. We are ten BOM teachers, the school didn't receive money, even the principal doesn't understand why, but we have so many schools that didn't receive." A teacher from Bungoma told Teachers Updates.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, July 27th, while chairing the National and County Governments Coordinating Summit at State House, Nairobi, authorized Ukur Yattani from the treasury together with Education CS  Magoha to hasten the payment of Bom teachers.

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha stated that all BOM money had been processed and released for payment directly to their school accounts with a good number of teachers confirming to have received money by yesterday. To some, the situation was different.

"Have been denied bom funds released by the government, the principal argues that he fired me on April and yet ministry stated clearly that any twhoer whom was working as at 16th march was to be paid." A BOM teacher at Milimani secondary in Nakuru county, Nakuru country told Teachers Updates. 

During the payment process, it was realized that some BOM teachers were permanently discharged or sent on compulsory leave as others chose to resign after it arose that learning institutions may shut down for long.

This led to big disparities on the definitive list of verified BOM teachers. For example,  according to Trans Nzoia County, TSC data 1,305 teachers were under BOM employment but after scrutiny by MoE, it was found that only 903 teachers were actively on the payroll.

But BOM teachers who were either fired sent on leave or just quitted during the pandemic period argue that the Ministry through its circular signed by Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang stated that the payment was to be made on teachers who were on the payroll as at 15th of March 2020.

INTERVIEW DATES
The interview dates for the advertised recruitment and replacement jobs by TSC commence next week on Monday 28th, 2020. Most BOM teachers complain of not getting an invitation for interviews 48 hours less to the kickoff.

Financial challenges are also becoming an issue here since a good number of them are yet to receive the BOM money. Others are hopeless as their schools are said not to have received money for all the BOM teachers.

REPORTING TO SCHOOLS
The Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission(TSC) directed teachers to report to school on Monday 28th of September. This is the same date the TSC interviews will begin across the country with a most probable situation that many of them won't report to schools on Monday.

Others are decided not to report to their previous institutions due to what they term as bad relationships with their bosses during the coronavirus pandemic period.
Schools were closed down in March following the first case of COVID19 in Kenya.  Some private schools have shut down permanently due to financial challenges.

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