Head Teachers stranded in Marsabit town over unpaid allowances

School Head Teachers and Principals are stranded in Marsabit town after failing to get allowances from the Ministry of Education after attending a four-day workshop.

The teachers complained that they were not paid travelling and accommodation allowances by the local County Education Office, despite having been invited to attend School Improvement Programme and Primary Education Development Plan workshops.

Led by the local Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Branch Executive Secretary, Lufle Gambare and the Kenya Primary School Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA), Marsabit Branch Chairman, Roba Duba, the teachers decried the situation, with some of them fearing to be detained by management of hotels where they have been staying.

Gambare said some the school heads had travelled from far flung areas such as Illeret which is about 500 kilometres away from Marsabit town, and were now stranded without food or accommodation.

The Unionist described the situation as demoralizing given that the government had allocated millions of shillings for the programme.

The teachers expressed concern that some of them were paid as low as Sh500 for the four days, which was meant to cater for transport, meals and accommodation.

Gambare said according to the rates set by the Ministry of Education, the lowest mount a teacher from within Marsabit town is supposed to get was Shs.5, 000 while those from remote parts of the county were to receive Shs.25, 000.

Duba called for investigations into the matter, saying there could be some rogue officials at the County Education Office who were out to steal from the participants.

This habit must stop because you cannot expect policy guidelines and programmes to succeed if those charged with the responsibility of overseeing its implementation have negative attitude and lack transparency, he said.

At the same time, the KNUT Executive Secretary also cautioned non-governmental organizations operating in the region with similar conducts to change their ways.

We have some NGOs in this area who behave the same way the Ministry Officials are conducting themselves where teachers are invited for seminars and workshops but end up sponsoring themselves in hotels and for bus fare, he said.

Efforts to contact the County Director of Education, Milton Nzioka, over the matter were not successful.

Source: Kenya News Agency