Private security officers. The Ministry of Education has ordered schools to employ lean support staff.
Private security officers. The Ministry of Education has ordered schools to employ a lean support staff.

The Ministry of education has directed schools to trim their excess staff in order to reduce bloated wage bills. The ministry has at the same time released salary scales that teachers (employed by boards of management) and other school workers should earn per month. These latest directives come in the backdrop of schools’ failing to pay their employed workers as a result of the current covid 19 pandemic; that has cut cash flow in the schools.

Some schools have been meeting their staff’s monthly wages while others have opted to send their workers on unpaid leaves. There have been calls to classify BOM staff as vulnerable groups so as to benefit from the government’s cash transfer programme.

“The BOM has decided that you proceed on unpaid compulsory leave effective 1st April, 2020 until the situation improves. We kindly ask you to bear with us as this was not planned and is beyond our control.” reads a memo dispatched to BOM teachers in one of the secondary schools that is facing an unprecedented financial crunch.

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According to the guidelines released by the Basic Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang, day schools with one stream should only have a maximum of 5 workers while the largest school with 15 streams can only higher not more than 37 workers on BOM terms (See tables below). These guidelines were adapted from the Kilemi Mwiria Task-force Report of 2014.

TABLE 1: STAFFING GUIDELINES FOR DAY SCHOOLS
NO OF STREAMS BURSAR ACCOUNTS CLERK SECRETARY MESSENGER LAB TECHNICIAN ICT TECHNICIAN GROUNDS-MAN CATERESS COOK KITCHEN HANDLER NURSE STORE KEEPER ARTISANS DRIVER LIBRARIAN SECURITY TOTALS
1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
3 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 11
4 0 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 15
5 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 16
6 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 19

 

The school nurse should also double up as a matron while recruited artisans should be able to execute multiple tasks (multi-skilled).

TABLE 2: STAFFING GUIDELINES FOR BOARDING SCHOOLS
MESSENGER LAB TECHNICIAN ICT TECHNICIAN GROUNDS-MAN CATERESS COOK KITCHEN HANDLER NURSE STORE KEEPER ARTISANS DRIVER LIBRARIAN SECURITY TOTALS
0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 9
1 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 12
1 1 0 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 16
1 2 0 2 0 2 3 1 1 0 1 1 4 22
1 2 0 2 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 5 28
1 2 1 3 1 3 4 1 1 2 1 1 6 33
1 3 1 3 1 4 4 1 1 2 1 1 8 37
1 3 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 1 1 5 36
1 3 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 1 1 6 37
1 3 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 1 1 6 37
1 3 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 1 1 6 37
1 4 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 0 0 6 36
1 4 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 0 0 7 37
1 4 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 0 0 7 37
1 4 2 2 1 4 4 1 1 3 0 0 7 37

 

Dr Kipsang has also instruted schools to remunerate their staff as per the earlier guidelines (also adapted from the Kilemi Mwiria Task-force Report of 2014) and dispatched to schools. The teaching and non-teaching staffs should be employed on permanent and pensionable terms. the lowest earning worker should pocket Sh9,660 while the highest earner will receive a monthly perk of Sh41,000. But, these salaries are to be pegged on the workers’ qualifications.

TABLE 3: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR SCHOOLS’ SUPPORT STAFF.
CATEGORY JOB GROUP MINIMUM SALARY MAXIMUM SALARY QUALIFICATIONS
BURSAR K Sh31,020 Sh41,590 CPA III
SECRETARY F, G & H Sh12,210 Sh24,662 secretarial Certificate
MESSENGER D Sh10,380 sh11,370 KCSE Certificate
LAB TECHNICIAN Sh12,510 Sh21,304 Laboratory training
ICT TECHNICIAN F & G Sh12,510 Sh21,304
GROUNDS-MAN C & D Sh9,660 Sh11,370 KCPE certificate
CATERESS F & G Sh12,510 Sh21,304 KNEC certificate in catering
COOK C & D Sh9,660 Sh11,370 KCSE Certificate
KITCHEN HANDLER C & D Sh9,660 Sh10,380 KCPE certificate
NURSE H & J Sh24,662 Nursing Certificate
STORE KEEPER F, G & H Sh12,510 Sh21,304 Store keeping certificate
SECURITY C & D Sh9,660 Sh11,370 KCPE certificate