The teacher has been living, cooking and sleeping in the office after he took the rest of his family to his rural home.
His landlord ejected him after he was unable to raise rent for a couple of months since the closure of schools.
“I have been surviving by selling sweets. On a good day, I make Ksh 200 and on a bad day Ksh 100.
“Sometimes I am unable to send money to my family back at home so they are forced to eat what they can find there. I don’t even have money to restock the sweets since I use whatever I raise,” he spoke to journalists.
Mwangi is among thousands of teachers who have been left without any income following the closure of schools due to Covid-19.
In other parts of the country, tutors have turned to casual jobs offered under President Kenyatta’s Kazi Mtaani Program.
Private school teachers and teachers enrolled in the Board of Management (BOM) programs were the most affected by CS Magoha’s directive as government affirmed that public school teachers would receive their monthly salaries during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I was teaching at a government school but as a board teacher and since the Coronavirus pandemic broke out, we were paid for two months only. Life turned upside down and when I heard about the Kazi Mtaani Initiative, I decided to enrol and try my luck,” Lilian Musimbi, a teacher in Bungoma County stated.
A number of private schools are facing closure with school owners uncertain of what the future holds after they cited the inability to run schools and pay teachers.