Over 1000 teachers sacked for sexual misconduct, impregnating learners
Over 1000 teachers from various parts of Kenya have been sacked since 2010 after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) established that they were either responsible for early pregnancies of students or they sexually molested their students.
Speaking while appearing the Senate Committee on Education, TSC boss Nancy Macharia said that most of those stuck out faced allegations of sexual relationships with students, insubordination and negligence.
The TSC Chief Executive Officer also noted that six counties notorious for cases related to such offences were; Kakamega where 88 teachers were interdicted, Kisii 61, Homabay 60 , 53 from Kitui and 46 from Bungoma, Siaya Counties.
The TSC Chief Executive Officer also noted that six counties notorious for cases related to such offences were; Kakamega where 88 teachers were interdicted, Kisii 61, Homabay 60 , 53 from Kitui and 46 from Bungoma and Siaya Counties.
Macharia who was accompanied by officials from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) insisted that teachers accused of any sexual misconduct would be banned from teaching in Kenya.
“These teachers stand no chance to handle any Kenyan child,”said Macharia
“As we protect our children.The code of regulations does not only belong to those employed by the government even those that are not,”
The officials further urged parents not to leave their children to teachers and instead get involved and take part in ensuring their safety.
“This is a problem bigger than what teachers can tackle and the focus should not be narrowed down to teachers ..Its the society, parents….The teacher is always overwhelmed,” said Macharia.
“There’s a lot of cover up.Our teachers are compromised, administrators compromised while numerous cases go unreported ,Poverty and some cultural practices which never allow disclosure of perpetrators,”
On the other part, Religious leaders present in the sitting vehemently opposed the proposal to introduce contraceptives as a means to curb the early pregnancies.
According to the clergy, this was nothing but a question of morality.
During the release of the KCPE exam results last year, it was revealed that at least 700 girls either were pregnant or gave birth during the national examinations last year.
Several others failed to write their papers due to pregnancy related complications.
During the sitting, details emerged that it is not only the girl child but also the boy child being molested sexually.
The Senate Committee on Education has called on the ministry of education to take proper measures in curbing the menace in totality.
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