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Student molestation top reason for sacking of 41 rogue teachers

Forty-one teachers will never again teach in Kenya after they were deregistered by their employer for misconduct.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive officer, Dr Nancy Macharia, said the deregistered individuals will not be allowed to teach in any school in Kenya, whether public or private.

Interestingly, 40 of the banned teachers are men.

The reasons advanced for the ban are desertion of duty, having sexual relations with students, insubordination and negligence, examination cheating and financial embezzlement.

The offences were committed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Notably, most of them were kicked out of the profession for sexual relations with students.

Last year, 22 teachers who had carnal knowledge of their students were de-listed. Another 126 had been kicked out for misconduct the previous year, 100 of them for sexual relations with students.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

“Further, it is notified for general information that, pursuant to Sections 30 (4) & (5), 23 (2) of the Act, where the name of a teacher is removed from the register of teachers, such a person shall not be reinstated except by direction of the commission,” said Dr Macharia in a report.

A teacher whose name is removed from the register of teachers ceases to be a teacher with effect from the date of removal, she said.

According to the code of regulations for teachers, no one is allowed to teach in public or private schools if not registered by the TSC.

An institution that hires an unregistered teacher is liable to a fine of not less than Sh100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

Last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) raised the red flag over sexual harassment of learners aged 13 to 17 by teachers in Kenyan schools.

Teachers were said to be perpetrators of sexual harassment with 39 per cent of principals stating that teacher-pupil harassment had occurred in their schools.

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