Narok to Get Hardship Allowance if Proposal by Olekina, Ntutu Sails
Narok leaders want the county to be classified as a hardship area and public school teachers paid a special allowance. Governor Patrick ole Ntutu and Senator Ledama olekina called on Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to compensate tutors for the hardships they endure while working in the county.
Speaking when he hosted TSC Commissioners and other education stakeholders for a consultative meeting, Ntutu said teachers in Kajiado receive the allowance after the county was classified as a hardship area. “I am aware TSC has carried out a survey to consider if the county can be mapped as a hardship area. A lot of areas are semi-arid like the neighbouring Kajiado,” said Ntutu, who called on TSC to review the procedure of hiring teachers in future recruitments in the county.
He said the county has a shortage of 2,546 teachers in primary and secondary schools. “We have a shortage of 1,247 in secondary school and 1,299 teachers in primary schools,” said Ntutu. Olekina said many teachers face the threat of wild animals attacks, hence the need to classify the county a hardship area.
For TSC to classify an area to be a hardship area, the locality must meet any of these conditions: Lack of or unavailability or inaccessibility to food, inadequate transport and communication network, limited basic social services and amenities, persistent harsh climatic conditions like flooding, landslides and drought and insecurity and high possibility of security threats.
“Narok meets most of these conditions. Teachers in Narok should be considered for these allowances as one way of retaining them in our schools,” said Narok Woman Rep Rebecca Tonkei.