A high school teacher succumbed to Covid-19 complications while receiving treatment at a Nakuru hospital. This is the second teacher to succumb to the virus in the span of one week. The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has raised concern over the safety of teachers after the death of two teachers.
The teacher, Leah Chelagat Kulei, taught at Olmarai Secondary School in Mogotio. She started complaining of breathing difficulties barely a day after the Principal of Tononoka Secondary School succumbed to the virus.
Concerned by the teachers’ deaths, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has urged the government to order closure of schools.
“My concern is to the government, how many teachers should lose their lives? How many teachers should be confirmed corona-virus positive so that the government can respond?” a KUPPET official in Baringo questioned.
“My main concern is; does the government have any concern for the teacher? I’m urging the government in the strongest terms possible to know that our lives are at stake,” he added.
Japhet Kirui, a teacher at Kabarnet High School also weighed in on the issue. He noted that where he teachers, the situation is worse since several teachers and students tested positive for Covid-19.
He urged the government to consider shutting down schools instead of gambling with teachers’ lives.
“We are telling the government, kindly take our lives seriously. Aside from the BBI politics, take the lives of Kenyans seriously. Let you not be that CS to go down in history as one who took a generation of a whole country down because of recklessness and carelessness,” the Kabarnet High School Principle stated.
On 28th October, Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang announced that 33 teachers and 17 students had tested positive for Covid-19. This announcement came barely two weeks after Grade four, Class 8 , and Form Four students resumed their classes.