BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH MAY,2021-Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia has called for more instructors to take up the COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking on Monday during the release of exam results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), Mrs Macharia said 151,494 teachers have been vaccinated as of May 9.
“This constitutes 48.9 per cent female teachers and 51 per cent male. The TSC is impressed with the high rate of COVID-19 vaccine uptake among teachers. Majority of the teachers aged 58 and above have taken the jab,” she said.
Mrs. Macharia said this was achieved despite the fact that most teachers have been on the move, either during the administration of the examination or during the marking exercise.
“Having concluded the examination period, I beseech all teachers to take up the jab. The President granted all teachers an opportunity to get the vaccination regardless of age. Let us utilize this gracious opportunity to protect our lives. It is sad to note that so far, we have lost 37 secondary school teachers; including 24 principals, three deputy principals and 10 classroom teachers,” she said.
The TSC boss said the Kenya cannot afford to lose any more teachers and the commission will do everything possible to ensure that teachers live healthy lives.
She said the commission has provided full medical cover for COVID-19-related ailments as well as a medical insurance app through their health insurance provider MINET.
According to her, the WalimuCare app allows teachers to access tele-medicine access anytime and from anywhere including isolation centres and their homes.
“The app also ensures access to COVID-19 health tips. You can track your hospital visits, order for medication and manage your dependents,” she added.