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TSC SACKS 36 TEACHERS FOR GROSS MISCONDUCT

In summary:

36 Kenyan teachers will no longer be allowed to teach in any school, private institutions included.

The 36 were among the 1000 teachers who were being probed by the TSC this year following indiscipline cases.

600 cases had been reported at the county levels whereas 400 were directly reported at the TSC headquarters.

The TSC boss Dr Nancy Macharia has confirmed the dismissal of 36 teachers following gross professional misconduct.

Some of them are guilty of having illegal sexual relations with their learners.
In a gazette notice that was issued on October 4, the TSC CEO Dr Nancy Macharia said the teachers were sent packing and deregistered.

This, therefore, means that they will no longer serve in both private and public schools in Kenya.

TEACHERS CUM SCAVENGERS
Cases of teachers having sexual affairs with students have become the order of the day.

Therefore, the TSC dispatched its commissioners to six regions to resolve the cases.

According to the TSC code of conduct, no teacher is allowed to have sexual relations with his or her learner.

It is therefore unfortunate that teachers are preying on innocent learners whom they should protect.

Majority of the teachers affected are males.

750 CASES
750 cases have been settled so far. Many of these cases border on carnal knowledge between learners and teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

250 indiscipline cases are yet to be determined.

Most teacher indiscipline cases are supposed to be resolved within three months.

Previously, the cases would last up to six months but now the commission has upped its game since it is more determined to conclude the cases within the shortest time possible.

1077 TEACHERS
According to the Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Macharia’s report dated March 13, 1, 077 teachers had been dismissed over the past eight years for engaging in sexual activities with learners.

According to a report tabled before the Senate Education Committee, 88 teachers who were sacked hail from Kakamega, 61 from Kisii, 53 from Kitui, Homabay had 61 while Siaya had 46 cases.

Dr. Macharia, therefore, implored upon all the education stakeholders to address the looming crisis before it takes a toll on the education sector in Kenya.

TEENAGE PREGNANCIES
Dr Macharia further added that 0nly 2 % of teenage pregnancies were linked to teachers. Narok county is the most affected with more than 60 % of teenage pregnancies.

Other key perpetrators include parents, relatives and Boda Boda riders.
Religious leaders also requested the Ministry of Education to vet sex education curriculum as a way of curbing premarital sex among learners.

At a forum that brought together key education stakeholders among them NCCK, SUPKEM and KCPF, majority of the participants insisted that sex education materials which benefit learners should be disseminated but parents must be involved at all levels.

They however blatantly rejected any content meant to promote the use of contraceptives among learners.

KNUT AND CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
According to KNUT’S Hesborne Otieno, the union will not tarnish its name while protecting teachers who sexually harass learners.

Consequently, any teacher found in the act will not enjoy the privilege of KNUT lawyers since this is a violation of the TSC code of conduct.

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