US Greencard lottery has been in existence from 1990s todate,it is computer generated game in which the system selects 55000 individuals from the applicants randomly using their apploaded photo images,the selectees will proceed to further apply for visa in the American embassies around the world.
If granted the visa an individual can then proceed to the US to be a permanent residency.The system is set in such away that no more than 7% of individuals can be selected from a region.Kenya is classified in the Africa region.
In the ongoing application process to be concluded on 9th November this year,it has been noted in several cybers across the country that among the civil servants who are willing to leave their jobs and move to the US are kenyan teachers.
A survey conducted recently by Non-governmental organisation whose headquarters is in Nairobi in collaboration with their surveyors in the various parts of the country has revealed that atleast 22,563 TSC teachers had applied for the greencard as at yesterday.
This number is shocking and puts the TSC at risk of losing experienced and talented teachers if most of them were to be selected, this paints a picture of the level of demoralisation of kenyan teachers by their employer.
When asked why he was willing to go and work for wages in the US leaving his permanent tsc job here in kenya,one of the teacher applicant cited several reasons among them,the high cost of living,he lamented that since the last CBA of 2017 teachers’ salaries have remained the same despite the detoriating inflation.
He noted that TSC is a bad employer who would wish to see her employees suffer or even die.He further explained that since 2017 his payslip has been shrinking owing to the too many deductions by the state from AoN,to NHIF to provident fund to the union fees ,BBF at national and at the branch level,he said the situation is worsening now that there is no hope of things improving as the teachers’ unions were hoodwinked by the tsc to sign a non-monetary CBA till 2025.
From the look of things, teachers are very demoralised and if tsc is going to burry its head in the sand and maintain the status quo there is immediate eminent degradation of the quality of education in the kenyan institutions and that a time is coming when no kenyan child will want to become a teacher and that will be a threat to the education sector in kenya.