Teachers will not be forced to attend to the Community Based Learning Program, CBL, after all. Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has today clarified that payment of the tutors’ salaries is not pegged on their participation in the program.
“The teachers’ participation in the Community Based Learning Programme is not tied to the payment of their monthly salaries,” Says Magoha.
There has been growing concerns over actions that the government may mete on teachers who choose to skip the exercise. The Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Zack Kinuthia was quoted by the media alluding that teachers who skip the exercise will have their salaries stopped. This has, now, been quashed by CS Magoha.
“The Ministry therefore wishes to clarify media reports to the effect that teachers who have yet to enroll for the programme will be denied their monthly salaries,” Magoha adds.
Magoha is at the same urging those who have not enrolled for the exercise to do so without any prejudice.
“We encourage all teachers that have yet to enroll to do so to facilitate the running of the noble programmes,” he urges.
Teachers are supposed to be engaged within their current areas of residence. By last week, over 200,000 teachers had enrolled for the programme through the local Curriculum Support Officers and TSC Sub County Directors.
According to Magoha, the teachers’ employer ‘has mapped out teachers to be involved under the programme’.
The exercise is expected to be rolled out in coming weeks with learners being attended in local public places and schools. Aach class will consist a maximum of 15 learners. Teachers must ensure full compliance with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines on covid-19.
With Magoha’s recent pronouncement, other teachers may opt to skip the exercise.