Education and health is for all Kenyans
10 February 2015, 21:03
Nairobi - Money is fundamental in the running of governments. Essentially, governments need finance to pay for services rendered and goods purchased. Among the most crucial services is education and health.
In Kenya, services being offered in the education and health sector have faced catastrophic challenges over the past few years. At some point, doctors and teachers have downed their tools seeking better wages and working conditions. These acts of boycott and strikes have paralysed sectors of the economy time and again.
Currently, teachers are grappling with the fact that their pay increase demands may not be met as they desired. The treasury department and salaries commission have gone on record to reiterate the fact that government has no extra funds to cover the teachers' wage demands.
A few days ago, doctors threatened to boycott work if their dues were not paid in a few days time.
In fact, counties like Lamu already face the risk of a collapse in the health department as doctors tendered resignations in the hundreds.
Whether funds are acquired through borrowing or otherwise, some sectors cannot be left to grind to a halt. Taking hard line positions on certain matters is none beneficial to the people of Kenya and the country as a whole. Government should rethink of its priorities smartly.
Education is the sector that churns out skilled manpower for the government's use. It is therefore imperative that the standards in the education department be evaluated and boosted upwards to increase the quality of the labor force. This can only happen when both the employer and employees agree to terms that favor not only them but the whole republic. Teachers should accept job evaluations while government works on harmonising the teachers salaries with civil servants'.
Doctors and other qualified health workers offer the country stability in the labor force by averting disease outbreaks, virus infections and other forms of illnesses. They are at the front line when it comes to health provision and this puts them at immense risk. Government should therefore look at ways of improving the working conditions of health workers, improve the medical facilities and provide their salaries in due time.
It is therefore a collective responsibility for all parties involved in the provision of education and health to ensure that the services offered are of high standards. All stakeholders should accept to put the interests of Kenyans first and by this they are patriotic to their motherland and their people. Taking hard line positions that only favor individualistic objectives is being selfish and inconsiderate.
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