Braille technicians and transcribers seek recognition

Braille technicians and Transcribers Association chairman Dominic Mulei demonstrates how they undertake their work. They have asked Government to recognise them. (Photo credit - Raphael/Mauvoo)

Braille technicians and transcribers have urged the Government through the Ministry of Education to recognize them like any other teacher as they are professionals with qualified certificates to educate children with visual disabilities in Kenya.

Speaking to Mauvoo News, National Braille Technician and Transcribers Association Chairman Dominic mulei said that the ministry has been neglecting their grievances of salaries.

Mulei revealed that there are 34 transcribers under the Ministry of Education and only few are paid 14,000 where the rest are earning between 3,000 -10,000 irregularly.

He revealed that they are paid in grants and that the ministry takes too long to pay them.

According to Mulei, their salary is released by the ministry after 6 to 9 months saying they are really suffering, comparing themselves with normal teachers who are earning salaries every month.

“We are 34, educating over 3,000 blind children where only 7 of us are paid 14,000 and the rest earn between 3000 to 10,000 and not frequently. Like this year since January we have not received our salaries and we don’t know when it will be released,”he said.

He disclosed that in 2009 and 2018, they put a policy that recognizes them as specialist trained professionals with certificates to allow them to be in the scheme of service but up to date, nothing has happened.

“The policy of 2009 and 2018 recognizes us as specialist trained personnel who offer professional recognized services and when you are trained with the certificate you should be in schemes of service but up to now, we never got the scheme of service,” narrated the chairman.

“We play an important role in our job as we are the link between a teacher and the blind child by typing what is written in the normal paper so that the child can understand the questions. When the child finishes to answer the questions we type again to let the teacher know the answers for marking,” he added.

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