The effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to wreak havoc in world economies and Kenya is no exception. Bridge Academies has been forced to layoff its teachers and staff as the government continues to find ways to combat the virus.
Hundreds of teachers working in the institution will still benefit from healthcare insurance and a monthly gratuitous payment equivalent to 10 percent of their salary while on compulsory leave.
The memo to the teachers read in part:
“The recent directive by the President on indefinite closure of schools to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus means that we do not have operational schools to support and must scale down support office operations while the situation remains unresolved”
“Despite the uncertainty on when normal operations will resume, we are in this together”
“Given the present situation, and unless the pandemic is contained and schools are reopened sooner, you are required to proceed on compulsory leave without pay for a period of two months beginning 01/04/2020 to 31st May, 2020 subject to any extension the Company may seek if schools remain closed beyond this period, or until such time as schools will be directed to reopen whichever is earlier,” the memo said.
“Your accrued paid annual leave (if any), will be factored into the compulsory leave period and paid where applicable.”
“Once this pandemic is over, we look forward to getting back on track, enabling a life-changing education to children in underserved communities, putting children, their families, and their countries onto a better development path”