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KEWOTA Launches Digital Initiative to Support Teachers

KEWOTA Launches Digital Initiative to Support Teachers

Using the digital platform, the Kenya Women Teachers Association (KEWOTA) has taken steps to empower both active and retired members of the profession.

Benta Opande, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KEWOTA, unveiled a digital platform initiative in Kisii town, Kisii County, in which teachers post questions for pick by peers and students for subsidized fees.

Each uploaded query will incur a fee of 5 shillings, which will be paid to the teacher. The CEO disclosed that 840 student subscribers had been captured on the platform.

According to Opande, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with stakeholders, including Equity Bank, to provide laptops to the association’s members in order to support the government’s ICT Laboratory initiative.

The mode of payment for the laptops will range from 1 to 96 months, at the discretion of each teacher.

Concerning the upcoming recruitment of 20,000 teachers by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the CEO of the association expressed concern, stating that the deficit of 113,000 teachers must be addressed.

She thanked the government for the gesture, but insisted that intern instructors whose contracts expire in February 2019 be hired on permanent and pensionable terms.

Lydia Moraa, the representative of the local association, bemoaned the hardship of young girls and retired educators.

The representative reassured them of the association’s  grassroots presence and commitment to alleviate their plight.

KEWOTA Launches Digital Initiative to Support Teachers

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