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67 percent of TSC employees abuse alcohol

25 May 2015, 09:24 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has embarked on helping its employees from alcohol abuse in order to improve their service delivery, TSC Associate counselor, Magdalene Mwele said Friday.

Mwele noted that about 67 percent of TSC employees abuse alcohol, according to a survey done by the commission in year 2010.

She said the rate of alcoholism by teachers is alarming, adding that most of disciplinary cases among teachers are attributed to effects of alcohol.

Speaking during a Free Medical Camp for teachers in Murang’a town, Mwele said the commission has set up a wellness division to handle health matters of its employees.

“TSC has come up with a policy recommending a three-month rehabilitation programme for the drunkard teachers to save them from interdiction and make them productive at their work and even to their families,” explained Mwele.

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She underscored the need for affected teachers to come out and seek help from the commission instead of waiting for disciplinary measures to be taken against them.

Mwele revealed that welfare division has launched a campaign to fight the vice by recommending rehabilitation for habitual drunkards.

The counselor said that so far central region is the worst hit by effects of alcoholism followed by Coast and Rift Valley respectively.

“In Central region's rate of alcoholism stands at 73 percent while that of Coast and Rift Valley is 69 and 70 percent respectively,” said the TSC officer.

On rehabilitation services, Mwele noted they have been taking an average of six teachers for rehab sessions every month, saying there are more affected teachers who are still shying off to seek treatment.

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