The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has disclosed that 33 teachers have succumbed to Covid-19 since the phased reopening of schools in October 2020.
The commission revealed that 19 of the teachers died in November, 11 in October and 3 in September.
At the same time, the commission stated that at least 1 teacher died every month between June and August, bringing the number of teachers lost during the pandemic to 36.
TSC CEONancy Macharia, Bellio Kipsang CS Education Prof George Magoha and other Education while releasing 2019 KCPE results on December 18, 2019
In the last week, 145 teachers had visited various hospitals to seek Covid-19 medication.
Just last week, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia indicated that teachers were allowed to use their medical insurance covers to for covid-19 related complications.
The commission’s Head of Corporate Communication Beatrice Wababu told Kenyans.co.ke that the commission was also concerned about the increased cases and deaths.
“We are doing everything possible and in our power to educate the teachers about how to handle themselves. We have also instructed teachers above the age of 58 or having underlying conditions to work from home,” she told Kenyans.co.ke.
As of Tuesday, the country had recorded 78,512 cases. Of this 52,709 had recovered and 1,409 had lost their lives.
The Ministry continues to urge Kenyans to wear their masks, wash hands regularly and practice social distance.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe speaking during an annual Akorino conference on Sunday 20 September 2020 at Kasarani, Nairobi.