The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) on Tuesday, September 15 asked Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha to pay school non-teaching staff.
Kudheiha Secretary General Albert Njeru questioned why schools’ support staff were yet to receive payment despite the release of Ksh12.5 billion from the National Treasury.
“We are being told Ksh12.5 billion was allocated to pay support staff and Board of Management teachers, the shocking bit is that workers are still struggling with the money yet to be wired to schools.
“Professor Magoha, we plead that you look into the matter as workers are suffering despite the money being released from Treasury,” he stated.
Njeru added that failure to pay the non-teaching staff will complicate the planned reopening in January due to over six months of arrears.
The Sec-Gen wanted an explanation as to why the money had not yet been sent to teachers and workers despite the Ministry of Education receiving the funds.
Njeru also cited non-teaching staff in Kisumu who were pleading for help after suffering due to lack of payment in the last six months.
The non-teaching staffs converged at the Kisumu Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground on Friday, September 11 to air their grievances claiming the last salary they received was in April this year.
Magoha has also been on the spot over the payment of Board of Management teachers who claim not to have received payment.
Speaking during his address after a crucial education stakeholders meeting on Monday, September 14, Magoha reiterated his stand that teachers had been paid.
“BoM teachers should now actually have been paid. The Cabinet and the government approved their payment over six weeks ago and that position has not changed, so let us not waste so much energy discussing non-issues,” he noted.