The National Government of Kenya is signalling pathways to rejection of a request by private schools for a grant amounting to Ksh. 7 billion to pay their staffs during this hard time of covid -19.
According to Siaya County Private Schools Association Chairman Mr. Jeseph obonyo, the government has remained mum on the issue for a couple of months.
During a press briefing at his Siaya office on Monday 3 August, Obonyo said that the silence from government is a clear indication that they are not willing to assist despite the sector’s a vital role in education.
“What we are requesting for is not free money, this is a grant to be paid at a later date. ’He wondered.
Mr. Obonyo said that a good number of private schools staffs are facing difficulties baring in mind that they fully depend on money paid by parents to pay staffs.
‘’As privates schools we depend on money paid as fee to run our programs that means when learning programs were stopped by the ministry of health due to covid -19, private schools were left with nothing to lay their hands on. ”Said Obonyo.
He said that it was sad seeing a teacher stooping too low to survive with some selling vegetables.
“It is sad to see a teacher stooping too low to survive with some selling vegetables, this is a teacher who commands some respect in the society.”He added.
Mr. Obonyo who doubles as the chairman for Rarieda Private Schools Association lamented over the worsening condition of private schools staffs.
“Right now private school staffs are not able to pay their NHIF cover, NSSF as well as meeting their daily basic needs. ’He explained.
He added that the proprietors are not left out, the directors are facing massive challenges during this period since most of them depend on their schools as their solely means of income.
“As institutions, we have expenses to meet, some of us are paying rent, electricity, land rates and water bills. ’He revealed.
The former TSC commissioner therefore urged the government to reconsider their stand so that they bail out private schools.