Community Learning: No Pay for Teachers Who Skip Class

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President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Zachary Kinuthia during his appointment as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education on January 14, 2020.
  • The Ministry of Education, headed by CS George Magoha, has released guidelines for arrest of teachers or people causing disturbance to the new community learning programme.

    Speaking on Friday, August 21, in Kilifi, Education CAS Zachary Kinuthia also disclosed that teachers who would skip classes or fail to register as tutors would also miss their pay.

    He explained that the teachers would be considered to have absconded their duties, according to a report by Daily Nation.

    “Community based learning will not replace the main curriculum. The government does not want to see children idle,” Kinuthia told the press.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Zachary Kinuthia during his appointment as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education on January 14, 2020.

    So far, the ministry has registered 224,494 tutors in readiness for the community learning to kick off which represents 67% of total teachers the Teachers Service Commission employs in the country.

    The rest were expected to be registered for the programme later but it was not clear if they all presented themselves.

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    In the new programme, learners will be expected to study under trees, in community halls and open spaces in their areas.

    The students would also be expected to follow set rules to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus including wearing face masks and sanitising their hands.

    The students would also be expected to observe social distancing and not exceed 15 per class.

    “The children we targeted are not aliens. 15 is not a big number. It actually gives the teacher a great opportunity to interact with these children,” he added.

    This comes even as the state commences a countrywide risk assessment of all learning centers to establish their safety levels, suitability and readiness to re-open.

    In the exercise to commence on Sunday, August 23, schools will be expected to avail data on specific health protocols on Covid-19.

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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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