NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – The Teachers Service Commission has initiated disciplinary action against 5,000 head teachers for failing to adhere to the code of regulation for teachers.
According to a statement from the teachers’ employer, the 5,000 have been issued with show cause notices for failing to ensure the welfare of learners was addressed despite stoppage of school work.
“While most administrative staff have complied with the directive as per the provisions of the Code of Regulations for Teachers, some have not. As a result the commission has served 5,000 with show cause letters to commence the start of the disciplinary action against those teachers,” read the statement.
TSC reaffirmed its position as the employer telling teachers to ignore the calls by their unions which are misleading them by urging them to participate in the strike.
“Teachers who have been misled that any union has the powers to direct them on performance of duty must immediately come to reality that those powers are exclusively vested on the TSC and not any other entity,” the commission asserted.
“For union officials to purport to direct teachers who earn salaries from public funds is both preposterous and insincere.”
The commission defended its decision to punish the teachers as necessary since it needed to ‘trim the horns’ of those who have consistently defied its orders.
Article 237 (2) of the Constitution outlines the mandate of the commission as “to recruit and register teachers, assign teachers employed by the commission for service in any public school or institution, promote and transfer teachers, exercise disciplinary control over the teachers and terminate the employment of teachers.”
The commission said it would vigorously exercise its mandate to ensure students get their right to education noting that this is the crucial third term where pupils in their final years are expected to sit national exams.
TSC also stated that it had interdicted two teachers who stormed Chavakali High school in Vihiga County, and attacked students who were studying injuring some in the process.
The teachers have since been arrested by the police and are awaiting further action.
The statement comes even as the strike entered its second week with learning paralysed in most public schools as teachers stayed away protesting the government’s resolve not implement the Supreme Court ruling awarding them a 50-60 percent pay rise.
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The government has maintained that it does not have the money.