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80 Percent of BOM Teachers Earn Less Than Sh10,000 Monthly Salaries — Report

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80 Percent of BOM Teachers Earn Less Than Sh10,000 Monthly Salaries — Report

A new report titled “Foundation Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (FLANA),” part of the Usawa Agenda 2023, reveals that 8 out of 10 teachers employed by Boards of Management (BOM) earn a monthly salary of less than Sh10,000. Additionally, two in 10 BOM teachers earn between Sh10,000 and Sh20,000 per month.

Executive Director of Usawa Agenda, Emmanuel Manyasa, emphasized the financial challenges faced by schools in paying BOM teachers and called for government support, stating, “The government should consider factoring in money for BOM teachers because parents are not always able to.”

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Dr. Manyasa released the report at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) offices in Nairobi, emphasizing the need for sustainable funding sources.

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The report also highlighted that in rural areas, Sh70 out of Sh100 paid to BOM teachers comes from parents, while government capitation covers Sh7 in every Sh100. Urban areas receive Sh6.2 in Sh100 from government capitation.

Regarding school facilities, private schools generally surpass public schools, with seven in 10 public and nine in 10 private schools being fully fenced. The report notes that incidents of children sitting on the floor are prevalent, occurring in one in 10 public and three in 100 private schools.

The study indicates smaller class sizes in private compared to public schools, with an average Grade Seven class in a private school having less than a third of the learners in a public school class. The retention rate is suggested to be high, with consistent numbers of streams across all grades in both rural and urban schools.


The report also raises concerns about the increasing percentage of out-of-school children, rising from 7.5% in 2021 to 8.5% in 2023. Seven counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) region, including Mandera, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, West Pokot, Tana River, and Wajir, have the largest percentage of out-of-school children.

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Moreover, the assessment found that children from households with heads lacking formal education are more likely to be out of school. Four in 10 children who dropped out in the previous year cited lack of school fees as the reason.

In a comparison between private and public schools, the report suggests that learners in private schools have better learning outcomes in English literacy and numeracy. The report recommends addressing concerns such as the cost of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), with 74.8% of parents expressing a desire for lowered costs.

In conclusion, the report sheds light on various challenges in the education sector, emphasizing the need for government support in ensuring adequate compensation for BOM teachers and addressing disparities in facilities and learning outcomes between private and public schools.


80 Percent of BOM Teachers Earn Less Than Sh10,000 Monthly Salaries — Report

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