Teachers To Lose Hardship Allowances In The Following Areas. Teachers are now a worried lot following TSC’s latest move to recover over- payments from the teachers pay slips. The overpayments are located in the hardship and house allowances. In the latest move, the government has brought a proposal likely to break quite a number of teachers’ hearts.
Payment of hardship allowance in areas that have grown over time is set to be scrapped off. The government claims these areas are no longer hardship areas and should be scrapped from the list of hardship areas.
A report concerning review of the hardship areas is set to be tabled in parliament very soon for further debate. This has caused jitters among teachers in areas that are set to be discussed. Teachers working in hardship areas have found the issue uneasy and are worried on what the legislators could settle for.
In the report, the hardship areas have further been classified depending on the extent and degree of hardship.
The classification is as below stated;
- Extreme hardship
- Average hardship
- Minimal hardship.
Such kind of classification brings in the possibility of payment suspension in some select regions. This discussion comes after a petition was raised by a member of the public, seeking to have Rachuonyo North constituency declared a hardship region. The petition was read by National Assembly speaker Hon. Moses Wetangula.
Teachers To Lose Hardship Allowances In The Following Areas
According to the petitioner, Rachuonyo North sub county is in abject poverty. The schools in the surrounding have a myriad of problems, ranging from low student enrollment and serious understaffing. Additionally, despite the fact that tutors working in adjacent regions receive the hardship allowance, Karachuonyo North has been sidelined.
As a method of boosting the morale of teachers and the education sector at large, the petition in question seeks to compel the national assembly come up with a set criteria used in categorizing areas as hardship areas or not.
In the 2021-2025 areas, the below listed regions were designated as the official ASAL region and hard to staff by the commission. They include;
- Baringo North; Tiaty East, Tiaty West, and Marigat sub-counties in Baringo County
- Garissa County
- Suba and Mbita sub-counties in Homa Bay County
- Isiolo County
- Mashuuru, Loitoktok, and Kajiado West sub-counties in Kajiado County
- Kwale County
- Magarini and Ganze in Kilifi County
- Lamu County
- Mandera County
- Marsabit County
- Mumoni, Mutito North, and Tseikuru sub-counties in Kitui County
- Narok South and Narok North sub-counties in Narok County
- Samburu County
- Taita Taveta County
- Tana River County
- Turkana County
- Wajir County
- West Pokot County
It should be noted that not all the regions stated above fall in the hardship region category. Some regions are only applicable in some specific sub county and not the entire county. It should be noted that teachers from Nyando, Lungalunga Suba, Chonyi and some parts of Nandi enjoy hardship allowance payments