By Erick Nyayiera
Schools in Nyanza, among them National institutions owe their teachers millions of shillings in salary arrears following the outlawing of extra levies by the government.
Among the institutions affected by the directive is Ng’iya Girls National School that has not paid its Board of Management teachers for the last two months.
According to the school principal, Florence Okut, they oweg 28 teachers over Sh500,000 and because of an acute shortage of staff, they cannot disengage their services for fear of school performance tumbling down.
Speaking during the school’s Annual General Meeting, she said parents had over the years borne the cost of the remunerating the teachers employed by the Board until this year when the government enforced the school fees guideline.
Ms Okut said the school management has requested the Ministry of Education to allow them charge an extra levy to cater for the teachers’ salaries and was waiting for response.
“Parents should bear in mind that incase there will be no approval by the Ministry of Education and no posting of more teachers by the Teachers Service Commission, then a way forward will have to be found” she said.
She added that without the teachers employed by the Board, quality learning and the student to teacher contact will be compromised.
Her sentiments were echoed by former Ministry of Regional Development Permanent Secretary; Eng Carrey Orege who was the guest speaker. He said the blanket enforcement of the order was affecting learning in schools.
Orege who chairs the Boards of Maranda and Maseno National schools as well as Nyamira Girls High School said the institutions were grappling with the challenges of raising funds to pay the teachers who are engaged to fill the gap caused by lack of staff appointed by the Teachers Service Commission.