The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has urged the government to release full capitation funds for schools to aid them develop infrastructure necessary for complying with coronavirus protocols.

Kuppet secretary general, Akelo Misori said schools require support to ensure health protocols set out by the Ministry of Health are fully incorporated in schools.

“We urge the government to release full capitation funds for schools to enable them develop the infrastructure necessary for complying with Covid-19 protocols by January 2021,” said Misori in a statement.

He made the remarks as he welcomed the move by government to provide salaries to teachers and other workers employed by schools’ Boards of Management (BOM) in public schools.

Misori said that in addition to cushioning teachers, security staff and other employees, the funds will enable schools continue meeting their obligations for utilities including electricity, water, telephone, garbage collection and other necessities.

“We thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, for hearing the cries of the workers. BOM staff are indispensable to the normal functioning of public schools,” he added.

He also said Kuppet is in support of the government’s plan to roll out community-based learning in conjunction with the Nyumba Kumi initiative.

“We urge our members to come up with creative ideas to engage the learners in their respective localities, estates and villages.

Our message to teachers is simple: Even as we coordinate with the multi-sectoral agencies, do not wait for chiefs and provincial administration officials to advise you on this programme,” Misori urged.

Given the anticipated complexity of the programme, the union will map the country and establish which of its members will be available for the effort.

“Away from curriculum subjects, teachers must bear in mind the social needs of these perilous times and provide a broad-based programme encompassing mentorship, guidance and counselling, hygiene and Covid-19 awareness, the nurturing of life skills, values and community service,” said Misori.

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