Early Christmas gifts for teachers and police officers. Teachers and police officers across the country received encouraging news ahead of the New Year holiday.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced plans to introduce an “enhanced medical scheme for teachers and their families” in the coming days, according to a report in The Standard magazine. Teachers and their families can access medical services from an approved group of providers.
The report states that more than 280,000 teachers across the country have complained about poor medical services provided by AON medical providers.
Through the Kenya Union of Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), it is encouraging teachers to let their employers choose from multiple health insurance providers instead of locking them into one provider.
Union Kuppet said AON Minet is facing constant challenges, with pre-specialty hospitals often withdrawing services and forcing good teachers to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for services.
With today’s announcement from TSC, it is clear that teachers and their families will be provided with better medical services at any health facility without any hassle.
On the other hand, according to Home Affairs Secretary Kiture Kindiki, the government will open a “benevolent fund for police and prison officers who died in the line of duty”.
According to him, the charity fund collects money to support the family in the form of small scholarships for children, medical assistance and other emergencies.
Kindiki directed relevant agencies and government departments to urgently convene a core group to develop a framework to establish and manage funds.
The government also said it would increase the amount of compensation paid to the surviving families of fallen officers.
The good news for important government officials is featured on pages 4-6 of today’s Standard magazine.