Teachers contributed a total of Sh2.4 billion towards the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus. The commission had early on urged teachers to willingly make their contributions towards the kitty. After closure of the May payroll, the commission announced that it had received a total of Sh2,441,028 from the over 300,000 teachers on its payroll.
The Commission has raised a total of Sh10,696,024 in the last two weeks. The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, KSSHA, recorded the largest contribution after raising a whooping Sh5 billion. Other contributors were: the Kenya college Principals (Sh2 billion), and the TSC Secretariat staff (Sh1.6 billion).
TSC had initially made a direct contribution of Sh400,000.
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These figures are contained in a memo by the TSC boss Dr. Nancy Macharia dated May 15, 2020 and addressed to the chairperson National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus.
The voluntary salary cuts shall be for an initial period of three (3) months with effect from April, 2020. However, this is subject to review based on the advice of the Ministry of Health on the status of COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya. contributions can be made either directly or via the TSC check-off system; with authorization from respective teachers. Each public officer participating in the voluntary salary cuts shall signify their consent to their respective Authorized Officers by completing the attached standard consent form.
The President and his deputy took a pay cut of 80%. While, Cabinet secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries are to take a voluntary pay cut of 30%. Principal secretaries on their part can give away 20% of their salaries to support the fund.
The raised funds will greatly boost the committee’s efforts in fighting the pandemic that has paralyzed most operations in the country. The committee was established by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 28, 2020 and is chaired by the health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe.