It is clear that there is an acute shortage of teachers in primary and secondary schools.
The situation is likely to worsen with the increased enrolment next year due to the free secondary education.
Many school management boards choose to bridge the gap by employing teachers on BoM terms.?
However, the plight of these teachers is immense.
Their labour rights are totally trampled upon. They are intimidated, victimised and discriminated against.
They are paid poorly, notwithstanding the huge financial burden on them since some are parents.
The teachers are denied employment and appointment letters and therefore sacked at their bosses’ whims.
Their salaries are never increased despite having stayed in a station for more than three years.
All these and other injustices should be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
This is inhumane and degrading to the teaching profession.
Also worrying is failure by schools to remit compulsory statutory remittances such as taxes, NSSF, NHIF and Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) deductions in total disregard of the law.
Schools that engage, or have engaged, in such practices should be investigated and corrective or punitive measures taken against culprits. Personally, I have taught on BoM terms since 2015.
JOHNSON OKEYO, Kitui.