TSC Teachers News 2021-2022: TSC Walks The Talk, Sacks Nakuru High Principal For Hiking Remedial Money; TSC Disciplinary Process
TSC Code of Conduct
Every profession has got a set of rules and regulations that govern employees’ conduct with an aim of maintaining harmonious relations and order.
The Teaching Profession is no exception. The teachers’ employer, Teachers Service Commission, TSC-Kenya has got a code of conduct that regulates the behavior of teachers in and outside their designated work stations.
Failure to adhere to the infamous TSC Code of conduct attracts severe penalties with interdiction for a period not exceeding six months being the most common.
The latest news hitting the headlines today indicate a fresh twist and turn of events. This follows the Teachers Service Commission’s rather unusual step after it interdicted Nakuru High School Principal Mike Yator for breaching the Ministry of Education guidelines on school fees and charging extra levies.
According to a letter from Nakuru County TSC Director Fredrick Ng’ang’a, Mr Yator was interdicted for contravening Basic Education Act, Section 29 by charging more school levies.
“It is alleged that you charged extra levies to students in the years 2020 and 2021 contrary to the Basic Education Act, Section 29 while you were the Principal Nakuru Boys High School. Consequently you are hereby interdicted with effect from September 1, 2021,” the letter reads.
Senior source within TSC Revealed that Yator has been given 21 days to defend himself before the teachers’ employer.
During the interdiction period, TSC has directed Mr Yator to be reporting to the nearest sub-county education office at least once a month. This comes after parents accused him early last year accused him of hiking remedial fees from Sh2,500 per term to Sh7,500. Mr Yator has served as the principal of Nakuru Boys High School for more than four years.
Here is a full guide on what the interdicted principal is up for.
TSC Interdiction Process, a complete guide 2021-2022
A number of offences can lead to a teacher’s interdiction. Read them here.
The TSC interdiction and disciplinary process
The process of interdicting and disciplining a teacher is quite elaborate, see below;
Reporting a misconduct:
Any allegations of misconduct against a teacher are reported to any of the following: the TSC Secretary, the County Director, the head of institution/ head teacher/ Principal, the Board of Management Secretary or any government law enforcing agency e.g the EACC and Police.
The report may be made through writing or verbally
Investigating the allegations:
Upon receiving the report on the allegations, the TSC carries out investigations; directly or through its agents like: the BOM, Head of institution or the County Director.
If the investigations reveal glaring gross misconducts, the TSC or BOM serves the teacher with a letter of interdiction specifying the actual allegations against the teacher. (Ensure that you inform and involve your trade union as they may come in-handy during the whole process).
Proceeding for interdiction:
The interdicted teacher or head of institution must clear and leave the educational institution within 48 hours (2 days) upon receiving the letter of interdiction.
Salary status during interdiction:
An interdicted teacher shall be paid half salary during the period of interdiction except if the interdiction is due to: Chronic absenteeism, desertion of duty, having been jailed or held in legal custody, misappropriation or mismanagement of public funds, fraudulent claims and funds receipt, use of false certificates, Forgery, impersonation, collusion and immoral behaviour.
Reporting status of interdicted teacher:
An interdicted teacher shall be required to report to the Teachers Service Commission’s nearest Sub-County office once a month. This is done in order to ascertain progress of discipline case and to provide an updated contact address.
Invitation to appear before a disciplinary panel:
An interdicted teacher shall receive official written communication for the hearing of the discipline case at least a month before the date of hearing.
The communication is done through: the teacher’s last known address, the address of the teacher’s next of kin, hand delivery, the last station of work (before interdiction) through the head of institution and the permanent address provided by the teacher at recruitment.
TSC can also make a telephone call to the teacher, send an email to the teacher, an SMS to the teacher’s phone number and the TSC’s website.
Composition of the Disciplinary Panel:
Administration of a disciplinary process shall be either at the County offices of Commission’s head quarters.
The panel shall consist of: A TSC’s represemntative (Chair), 2 directors, An officer from division dealing with matters touching on the discipline(EACC, Children’s,)
Powers of the disciplinary panel:
Administer oaths, invite witnesses, require the teacher to produce identification and professional documents, inform teacher of offence committed and allowing such a teacher to give defense, examine witness and allow the teacher to cross examine witnesses.
Determination of a discipline case:
TSC shall, within 28 days after hearing date, inform the teacher of its decision regarding the disciplinary case and give adequate reasons for decision arrived at.
Administering disciplinary action:
The TSC, after hearing the disciplinary case, may determine that:
the teacher is not guilty of the offence and shall revoke the interdiction.
a teacher has committed an offence that does not warrant removal from the register and may: warn the teacher in writing, surcharge the teacher, suspend the teacher for a period not exceeding 6 months without pay, retire the teacher in the public interest, dismiss the teacher from the teaching service, refer the teacher for medical evaluation to determine suitability of the teacher to continue executing teaching services.
a teacher is guilty of the offence and his name be removed from the register.
This is a head start for you. Such that if by any chance you find yourself on the receiving end, you will at-least have a rough idea of the next course of action to be taken.
Also, familiarize yourself with the TSC code and other regulations.