Difficult to sack striking Mandera teachers, TSC admits
06 February 2015, 18:57
Nairobi - It is a complicated process to sack Mandera teachers that have refused to go back to work, the Teachers Service Commision TSC has said.
Mandera based teachers and those presiding in the larger north Eastern province have refused to head back to the region in protest over the state of insecurity, which saw 24 of their colleagues killed late last year by terrorists.
This being the fourth week of the school year, they have still refused to go back, despite reassurances by the government over their safety.
The TSC, in efforts to enforce the return to school order has advertised the jobs of over 1,000 teachers who have refused to go back to the north.
That said, it will be difficult to sack them completely, thanks to a complex process.
TSC Chief Executive Gabriel Lengoiboni says that the process of sacking teachers is very complex and thus the Commision can only resort to sanctioning the teachers.
Speaking as he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Education Friday, Lengoiboni said that 1,089 teachers have so far not reported to their workstation in the North Eastern region.
" 1089 teachers are yet to report, which means that the situation is pretty dire," he said.
He added that the 637 in primary school and 452 in secondary schools will face disciplinary action for insubordination and desertion because sacking them will involve a complicated procedure.
" Sacking them is not an option for now. It is very complicated and so sanctions will come in force," he added.
Teachers though have vowed not to return to the region, saying that they are not confident the government has taken the necessary steps to ensure their safety.
Led by Kenya National Union of Teachers boss Wilson Sossion, they have also ignored any threats to have them sanctioned for their no show at work.
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