Thirty teachers in Nairobi decry over unexplained transfers, Treasury CS Ukur Yatani says they will pay former councillors Sh2.6 billion, Milimani Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Muthoni sworn in students leaders at Moi Educational centre.
1. Nairobi teachers decry over unexplained transfers
Almost 30 teachers in Nairobi, especially from big schools, are working in panic. This is so because some of them received unexplained transfers with no time to hand over.
They wish someone would come to their rescue.
“I believe I should be given a chance to choose a school where am comfortable. Am in darkness,” one of the affected teachers complained as he sought anonymity for fear of further victimization. “... the school I have been transferred to has a lot of indiscipline cases. What if they plan something and plant it on me?”
They say nobody including the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) sub-county directors is ready to listen to them even after they raised concerns about high transport costs and traffic jams in the city which makes it hard for them to move to and from their working stations. To them, living under the mercy of someone is a great disturbance to their family.
2. State agrees to pay former councillors Sh2.6 billion
Former councillors have finally got their way in the push for a retirement package after the National Treasury agreed to pay them Sh2.6 billion. They had demanded an Sh1.5 million one-off payment and Sh30, 000 monthly pensions.
According to Treasury CS Ukur Yatani, who was speaking during a meeting with Senate Labour and Social Welfare committee that was a petition by the councillors lobby to push the State to act on their plight, they will pay the lot the cash, a one-off gratuity-in the next financial due to hard economic times brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This will see the taxpayers raise Sh22 billion for the former councillors.
3. Students leaders sworn in at Moi Educational centre
Theresa Aling’o, 13, hiked to the platform as fellow pupils extolled and cheered her. She knew without a doubt it had been a fair race, a victorious race for a presidency that she clinched by a big margin, having collected 903 votes out of the possible 1,273 votes.
“I am very excited and, on behalf of the student council, I am delighted to start the journey to serve our fellow pupils in what we promised,” said Aling’o in her inauguration speech.
The inauguration function, overseen by Milimani Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Muthoni in the interest of the whole students’ committee that comprises more than 100 officials from Grade One to Class Eight, was the peak after extended electioneering that prompted casting a ballot led by the school’s electoral board under the guidance of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“My message to new leaders is that you have started a good journey. The passion showcased by the students is a good indicator of quality leadership,” said Moi Educational Center board chairperson Paul Chemng’orem, noting that the democratic process was meant to inculcate leadership at an early age.
Adrian Gesicho deputised Aling’o in a bid to ensure fairness and gender balance.
As indicated by the School Principal Christopher Opuodho, the interaction settles in the democratic based standards among kids at an early age, gives them a feeling of having a place, and instructs them on the need to partake in peaceful elections.
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