, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) now says teachers who failed to report to schools in Northeastern Kenya by the February 2 deadline can still do so.
In a statement, Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Lengoiboni indicated any disciplinary action by the commission can only be initiated once action has been taken by the affected schools.
“Any teacher who may still wish to report after the expiry of the February 2, 2015 deadline should contact the respective head of institution who will in turn seek the advice of the county or sub-county directors,” he said.
He said the commission would not issue any interdiction or transfer letters from the TSC headquarters.
“Disciplinary procedures are initiated at the school level and where a decision to interdict is arrived at, the interdiction notice is signed and issued by the Secretary, Board of Management or TSC County Director in the case of post primary institution teachers,” he indicated.
He stressed that the commission will not deviate from the laid-down procedure and explained that for primary school teachers, the TSC County Director will sign and issue the letter of interdiction.
Affected teachers who spoke to Capital FM News insisted that they will not go back to class unless they are transferred from Northern Kenya due to insecurity concerns.
“It is not a matter of retreating; we are not going there. Even if the government had to sack us, we are ready for that, we are ready for interdictions. We have made a decision that we are camping here (KNUT headquarters) and up there at TSC until we get the result of anything,” stated Collins Musyoka on of the teachers from Mandera.
“Some of us had colleagues in the same staffroom who were killed so it is not a group decision but a personal one that we came together and said that we are not going back there even if the government is telling us to do so,” his colleague David Juma declared.
TSC had asked the teachers stationed in Wajir, Garissa and Mandera to report to work not later than February 2, 2015.
Lengoiboni had warned that failure to heed the order would lead to disciplinary measures without further reference to the teachers.
He had also said that newly-recruited teachers in the three counties who fail to report to their workstations by February 3, 2015 shall lose their places.
The new recruits were scheduled to report by January 5, 2015.
Cumulatively, there are some 4,089 teachers in the three counties. More than half of these teachers are not from the local communities.