KUPPET’s representative in Baringo has asked the government to close down schools for the safety of learners and teachers due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Gladys Kipsang, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Baringo gender secretary, made the plea after one teacher died with Covid-19.
Ms. Leah Chelagat a teacher at Mogotio Secondary School died from Covid-19 complications in Nakuru Hospital on Monday.
“How many teachers and learners should test positive or die so that the government rises to close up schools?” said Kipsang.
She further went ahead and condoled with the bereaved family, saying it is time government valued lives over learning while at the same time questioning the government on why no massive Covid-19 tests or contact tracing have been done.
Her Sentiments were backed by Kabarnet High School teacher Javan Kirui who mentioned that there was no provision of personal protective equipment for the teachers, apart from sanitizers and teachers are forced to spend about Sh 600 buying masks weekly from their small pay.
Kipsang concluded by stating that teachers are ready to teach provided measures are put in place to protect them and their families against the coronavirus.
“Our lives as teachers are at stake. If our health is not guaranteed then why should we remain in school?”the unionist said.
The statement comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta scheduled an emergency steering committee meeting next week.