Kenyan teachers insured against covid after 345 infections, 36 deaths
London, Jan. 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Teachers in the east African country of Kenya can now return to school with peace and rest of mind after they were provided with insurance cover against the dreaded covid virus
Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission (TSC) , the agency that took the insurance cover unbehalf of the teachers said cover was part of measures to ensure safety of teachers under its employment.
The commission released data as of January 6, 2021, showing COVID-19 infection among Kenyan teachers since March 2020, totalling 345, this being 0.10 percent of the teacher population.
So far, deceased cases stand at 36, recoveries are 209, nine are hospitalised, while those currently under home-based care are 92.
Cognizant of the medical challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, TSC said it negotiated with the commission’s medical insurance provider (MINET-AoN), to cover all teachers who may suffer from the deadly virus.
In a press release, the teachers’ employer stated that it is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to also provide psycho-social support to teachers who are in need of the services, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TSC has in its workforce, 337,432 teachers in 30,000 public primary and post-primary schools.
Schools in Kenya reopened Monday after being closed since March due to the coronavirus. But Kenya has yet to contain the pandemic and there are concerns among teachers and parents about being exposed to the infection.
Kenya shut schools in mid-March as a measure to contain the virus, which has killed nearly 1,700 people in the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus dashboard.
Visiting one of the schools in Nairobi, Education Minister George Magoha said parents should try to remain positive as schools reopen so children can resume their lessons.
“When you look at the body and spirit of a teacher, the body and spirit of the children, do they require encouragement or discouragement? Let us encourage them; that’s all I can say for now. We may not be perfect, there are many children here. If water becomes a problem, we are on standby to ensure that they have water, so they are able to wash their hands when they come out,” he said.
Teachers say it will be difficult to maintain physical distance, as most schools do not have enough classrooms to spread out the students.