Covid-19: Nakuru teachers appeal for help

Friday June 26 2020

Teachers from public and private schools in Nakuru County led by Mr Joseph Chebukaka (left) speak in Nakuru Town on June 23, 2020. PHOTO |FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP


As coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt learning in the country, teachers in private and public schools and other staff are now appealing for humanitarian assistance since their salaries have been stopped.

The teachers say they face imminent eviction from their rented houses while their families have nothing to eat. At least 3,000 teachers and 10,000 subordinate staff in Nakuru County are in dire need of food.

Nakuru County Secondary Schools Sports Association (NCSSSA) has appealed to the Ministry of Education to release the funds meant for their salaries to save teachers and their families from further suffering.

Six NCSSSA officials led by Secretary-General Duncan Macharia and Nakuru Town West Sub County Secretary General Joseph Chebukaka appealed to the schools' Boards of Management (BOM) to liaise with the Ministry of Education and see how the matter can be solved amicably.

Mr Chebukaka said most of the affected staff have young families.  

"Most of the families are not able to cope with the Covid-19 related shocks, the Ministry of Education needs to do something without further delay," said Mr Chebukaka.


Mr Victor Mwanga, a teacher at Jomo Kenyatta Secondary School in Nakuru North said he is unable to feed his family.

"It is tough. I appeal to the government and other well-wishers to bail us out," said Mr Mwanga.

Mr Chebukaka said most of the members are now venturing into manual jobs which is exposing them to the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

He urged the ministry to buy the food stocks in schools and distribute to them  to the affected workers before they expire.