The owner of New Shamy School, mixed day primary school Mr Atik Shadrack said since the institutions of learning faced closure due to coronavirus outbreak, he was forced to think outside the box in order to survive.
Shadrack mentioned that it would not make sense for him to sit down and wait until the government allows them to open schools and yet the owner of the building is demanding, he had to look for other means of survival to clear the bills.
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“Securing the building is the most important thing. So from this new business we are going to collect money and pay rent to the landlord. We will also use the proceeds to give something small to our teachers to help them during this difficult time,”he said.
The school has a total number of 350 learners and fifteen teachers, but Shadrack says the number will definitely reduce once the learning institutions open early next year.
The private school owner said the pandemic lockdown caught them unprepared before the end of first term 2020.
He said despite the financial challenges, the school still had to pay license fees, NSSF, NHIF, PAYE to the county.
Out of the fifteen teachers, I decided to employ 4 since they had experience in making furniture.
“I have been unable to pay the teachers after schools were ordered shut down. However, in this new business I have employed four of them in the carpentry workshop since they had the skills to make furniture,” he added.
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