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TSC Releases data for teachers affected by COVID-19

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has released data that shows the number of teachers whom COVID-19 has affected since the government closed schools and all other learning institutions in March to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

According to the data, that TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia released to the media shows that 36 teachers have succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease.

345 confirmed cases have been confirmed among teachers in the country. 209 of these have since recovered from COVID-19, while 9 are still in the hospital.

The Commission further revealed that now 92 teachers are under a home-based care program. In terms of gender, 186 are female teachers. While 159 of the cases are male.

After schools reopened throughout the country on January 4, 2020, TSC expressed concerns regarding the safety of teachers and learners in schools. Dr. Nancy Macharia described teachers as being the super-spreaders of the virus during this period.

According to information provided by TSC, 337, 432 teachers in the country are currently serving 30,000 public primary and post-primary schools.

Dr. Nancy Macharia assured that the commission will work with all the relevant authorities to ensure that teachers and learners are safe as the country is fighting the global pandemic.

“The commission’s field officers are also working with stakeholders in the health sector to provide psycho-social support to all teachers who might need the service,” stated the TSC Boss.

The TSC CEO advised teachers who are of age 58 years and above to set MoH guidelines and then work from home. She assured me that the commission would not sack any teachers who are working with the current conditions.

Over 25,000 teachers currently employed by TSC are 58 years and above.

Teachers are among those classified as front-line workers and are set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine expected in the country by February this year. Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangani revealed earlier other professionals like health workers and police officers shall be prioritized, as well as older citizens who are 58 years and above.

“When the vaccine shall arrive, which is projected to be available around the end of February, teachers will be among the first beneficiaries because they are now frontline workers,” said Dr. Mwangangi on Thursday.

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