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Cs Magoha Questioned Over Red Tapes Involved In Support Staff Payments

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has faced the wrath of the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) as they demanded him to pay school non-teaching staff.

Their grievances reached the Cabinet Secretary’s ears on Tuesday, September 15, through the Kudheiha Secretary General Albert Njeru.

Mr. Njeru probed on why schools’ support staff were yet to receive payment even though Ksh12.5 billion was released 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.

In addition, Njeru pointed at the likelihood that the bureaucracy in these payments would jeopardize the planned reopening in January due to over six months of arrears.

The Secretary-General demanded a clear explanation on why workers weren’t paid yet, though the Education ministry had received the funds, and cited non-teaching staff in Kisumu that were seeking help from the tribulation they were facing due to these arrears.

In their meeting held at the Kisumu Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground on Friday, they vented their grievances claiming that April this year is when they last received their salary.

This is not the first time that Magoha’s transparency is questioned as he has recently been asked to account for why some of the Board of Management (BoM) teachers claimed they had not been paid yet

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.

Watch NTV’s Report.

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