Relief To Teachers As Nyamunga ‘Saves’ Their Pay slips From Lethal Shackles Of AON MINET
Teachers have yet another reason to be inspired as Rose Nyamunga, a nominated senator, has sworn not rest until teachers are freed from AON MINET or given improved health care by the latter. The Ruto allied senator empathized with teachers as she highlighted the frustrations teachers have experienced under the bogus health insurance provider. ‘Your employees are suffering seriously and you are seated watching. Rise from your comfort and give hope to the teachers,’ said rose Nyamunga to the Teachers Service Commission, TSC.
Nyamunga’s plea forced the senate to open an investigation process, accusing AON MINET of acutely frustrating teachers in the name of offering health services.
The teachers service commission remitted ksh. 9B to AON MINET in the year 2020 and Ksh.12B this year, yet teachers receive low value health care under the service providers.
Introduction of AON MINET as a health care service provider to teachers resulted to loss of medical allowance from teachers’ pay slips. The lowest paid teacher had a medical allowance of ksh. 3870 per month, an amount which unexpectedly shocked the entire senate.
Those set for interrogation by the Senate committee on Education include AON Minet management, TSC, and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).Nyamunga questioned why teachers receive poor health services under AON MINET, that are not commensurate to the medical allowance that they lost. “How can teachers undergo double deductions on their pay slips both for National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and AON MINET yet there are no commensurate services?” Nyamunga questions AON management and TSC.
‘There is very low capitation on outpatient services with some teachers capped at as low as Sh900, which is inclusive of doctors’ consultations, tests and drugs. The teachers of this country are a frustrated lot and they feel their lives are potentially endangered by the poor services being offered under the AON MINET Kenya medical insurance cover,” says Nyamunga.
The Senate committee on education summoned KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion to appear before it on 4th November to respond to the allegations of Ms Nyamunga over gross mistreatment of teachers in the hands of AON MINET
Nyamunga insists that these concerns of below standard services by AON MINET are very serious and that TSC must fulfill the teachers’ need for quality healthcare.
“The decision to introduce a medical cover for teachers was very good because it was a step in the right direction. However, there appears to be glaring gaps and challenges that must be addressed by the employer immediately,” insists the furious Nyamunga.
She quotes Article 43 (1) (a) of the Constitution which states,” Every person has a right to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to healthcare services.”
Medical Allowance Back To Pay slips
If Nyamunga wins in her quest, then teachers will have medical allowance back to their pay slips, or TSC will contract a more competent health care provider to serve teachers.