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37 Teachers Have Died Due To Covid-19 Complications, TSC

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37 Teachers Have Died Due To Covid-19 Complications, TSC. Photo Courtesy

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia has Monday revealed that 37 teachers in secondary schools have passed on due to Covid-19.
TCS CEO, Nancy Macharia speaking during the release of exam results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), said the 37 teachers who had passed on include 24 principals, three deputy principals, and 10 class teachers.

Macharia in light of the high number of deaths said that as of May 8th, 151,494 teachers had been vaccinated urging more teachers to get vaccinated.

“TSC is impressed with the high rate of the Covid-19 vaccine uptake constituting 48.9 percent females and 51 percent males,” she said.

To alleviate the financial burden on teachers, Macharia added that TSC had provided full medical cover for Covid related ailments.

Further, through Minet Kenya, TSC according to Macharia has a medical insurance app “Walimucare App” that allows teachers to access telemedicine.

37 Teachers Have Died Due To Covid-19 Complications, TSC. Photo Courtesy

Macharia also noted that the Ministry of Health has accepted TSC’s request to open up a vaccination centre at TSC headquarters.

Commenting on exam malpractice, the TSC boss said that they had resolved to launch a transparent process of Biometric Enrolment and Validation of Teachers in all public schools.

“This will entail enlisting fingerprints which can then allow for forensic and intelligence-led investigations in cases where examination papers are tampered with and also where cell phones and other gadgets are used to commit malpractices,” she said.

Macharia in addition said that the rollout of the biometric capture of all teachers was at the tail end of consultations with the Office of the Data Commissioner.

Felicity Gitonga

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