, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 25 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has welcomed Teachers Service Commission decision to set out new code of ethics to govern all teachers in the country.
The commission says teachers, just like any other public officers are subject to Chapter 6 of the Constitution and the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.
This is after reports emerged that some teachers were opposed to the revised code of ethics that among others compel teachers to disclose their wealth and bar head teachers from taking part in strikes.
Under the new code of ethics, teachers are also banned from running businesses or airing political views.
“All teachers serving in public schools are public officers and TSC is duty bound to develop and enforce a code of conduct and ethics not only in line with its mandate in relation to teachers but also as part of its duty under the Public Officers Ethics Act and the leadership and Integrity Act 2012,” EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo says.
The anti-graft body has cautioned that violation of Chapter 6 of the Constitution has serious penal consequences that may include removal from office.
“On the other hand, EACC as the lead agency mandated to oversight enforcement of ethics and integrity standards among state and public officers including teachers, is keenly monitoring development and implementation of codes of conduct and ethics by all public entities and Responsible Commissions,” Waqo stated.
The rules are aimed at streamlining the education sector and ensure effective service delivery.
The regulations further restrain teachers from seeking sexual favours from or exert pressure on a learner for sexual activity or flirting with learners.
Also under the revised rules, pupils and students will never be sent to teachers’ living quarters for any reason.