41 Kenyan teachers have died in COVID-19 pandemic

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NAIROBI, KENYA - OCTOBER 12: Students wearing masks sit on their desks, keeping social distance within the coronavirus (COVID-19) measures at their classroom during a lesson as grades 4, 8 and 12 started to receive in-person education in Nairobi, Kenya on October 12, 2020. (Photo by Billy Mutai/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia on Thursday disclosed that 41 teachers employed by the commission have thus far succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

NAIROBI, KENYA – OCTOBER 12: Students wearing masks sit on their desks, keeping social distance within the coronavirus (COVID-19) measures at their classroom during a lesson as grades 4, 8 and 12 started to receive in-person education in Nairobi, Kenya on October 12, 2020. (Photo by Billy Mutai/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The CEO also said that three members of staff from the TSC secretariat also succumbed to COVID-19 or complications related to the virus since it was first detected in Kenya in March 2020.

Nancy Macharia, who spoke during the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise for teachers, said that 15,000 teachers who are above the age of 58 will be the first beneficiaries of the vaccine, on Monday

She also requested that teachers who will be invigilating exams be vaccinated even though some of them are outside the priority group.

“We are requesting that 227,679 teachers who will be invigilating exams be vaccinated too even though some are not among the prioritized group,” said the TSC CEO.

(With input from agencies)

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