NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 21 – Teachers across the country will now have to declare their wealth, according to the revised Teachers Code of Conduct and Ethics launched by the Teachers Service Commission.
According to the Teachers Service Commission Chairperson Lydia Nzomo, this move is expected to tackle corruption and ensure the vice does not affect learning.
Speaking during a meeting with head teachers in Mombasa which entered its second day Tuesday, Nzomo further indicated that their accounts will further need to be audited as stipulated by the Constitution.
“The rolling out of this primary document is a major milestone for the Commission. The document is a critical tool in supporting the achievement of the goal of the Commission which is to improve the quality of education and protect the right of the Kenyan child within the learning environment,” she said.
Nzomo also stated that no teacher shall act as an agent of any political party or as a contestant and they are expected to account for every hour they spend in schools.
The rules stipulate that teachers must undergo open and rigorous appraisals to gauge and enforce productivity.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia emphasised that the new rules are aimed at promoting performance and provision of quality education in schools.
“The regulations provide the procedures for quality assessment of teachers, continued professional development and performance appraisals. It also talks about compliance with the rules which we shall be looking at as we implement them,” she said.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chairman Mudzo NZili and Secretary General Secretary General Wilson Sossion indicated that they will only declare their position on the proposals following consultations with the union’s National Executive Council.
The two KNUT officials held a meeting with TSC officials at Mombasa Beach hotel before walking out after hours of deliberation.
The debate on the regulations is expected to feature during the five day meeting of Kenya Secondary School Heads Association in Mombasa which is being attended by more than 10,000 teachers.