NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has revoked the suspension of Starehe Boys Centre Principal Paul Mugo over the school’s poor performance, terming the action illegal.
In a press statement, TSC Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Lengoiboni stressed that the school’s Managing Committee had no mandate to send a head teacher or any other teacher employed by the commission on compulsory leave for whatever reasons.
He also pointed out that due process was not followed as should have been when dealing with such grievances or allegations.
“The Managing Committee cannot, therefore, take unilateral decisions without the involvement of such key stakeholders as the Teachers Service Commission and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology,” he explained.
He emphasised that Mugo was duly appointed by the commission in line with the TSC Act and directed him to continue performing his duties as the principal of the school.
“Any action on an employee of the Teachers Service Commission can only be taken within the framework of Article 237(2) of the Constitution, the Teachers Service Commission Act, 2012, the Code of Regulation for Teachers and the Basic Education Act, 2013,” he said.
He termed Mugo the bonafide head teacher duly appointed by the Commission in line with Section 11(e) of the Teachers Service Commission Act, 2012.
He explained that the commission has no provision in its policies and administrative instruments for sending a teacher on compulsory leave.
He said that the decision by the Managing Committee to deploy another teacher to perform the duties of the principal is equally irregular and, consequently, a nullity.
“It is only the commission that can make such an appointment. In the meantime, Mr Mugo has been advised to continue performing the duties of the Principal of Starehe Boys Centre and School,” Lengoiboni said in the statement.
He has now invited the school’s stakeholders for consultations to address any issues pertinent to the wellbeing of Starehe and said that this is the only way to safeguard everybody’s interests.
He revealed that the commission has provided the school with 53 teachers who are paid by the Government through taxpayers’ money.
He also stated that in addition, the Government disburses subsidies to Starehe Boys Centre like is the case with all other public schools.