BOM Teachers Set To Be Fired For This Reason. Headteachers of primary schools are reportedly preparing to fire Board of Management (BOM) instructors ahead of schedule before classes resume in January.
In public schools where there is a severe shortage of TSC instructors, BOM teachers—previously known as PTA teachers—have proven a huge help.
But with the introduction of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), which eliminates two classes from elementary schools, the future of teachers appears to be gloomy.
The classes were divided into eight classes under the 8.4.4 curriculum. But there are now just six courses in CBC, from Grade 1 to Grade 6.
Primary headteachers are now using the excuse of reduced workload to reduce or completely cut off the number of BOM teachers in their schools.
This means many BOM teachers may not be at work in their current station when schools start first term in January 2024.
The headteachers are planning to use the available TSC teachers including the interns for teaching all the subjects from Grade 1 to 6.
The BOM teachers some only having secondary education (KCSE certificates) will now have to look for other sources of livelihoods come January next year.
Michael Kitavi, A BOM teacher in Taveta says they have a lot of challenges in discharging their duties in schools.
He says the headteachers should not even dream of dismissing them because they are the pillars of performance in schools.
“We are the donkeys in those schools. We work extra hard to ensure good performance. We are always in school to teach unlike the TSC teachers who are many times out of station. If they fire us they will know they don’t know,” said Kitavi.
Even though his monthly salary is not guaranteed, Samuel Kazungu, another BOM teacher in Magarini, Kilifi county, thinks he does a good job for the school.
BOM Teachers Set To Be Fired For This Reason
“My headteacher refuses to give me my entire wage every month at the end. Records occasionally indicate that he has enough money from his parents to support me and three other people, but he refuses to pay.
Since I don’t expect to be paid after schools are closed, I have to find employment now since they are closed or my kids would go hungry,” he stated.
“We instruct even on Saturday nights and during the day. We are still not appreciated, despite the fact that we are teaching more subjects than the TSC-employed instructors,” he continued.