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School heads who misappropriate funds risk prosecution

23 January 2014, 13:27 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Parliamentary Committee on Education Chair-lady, Hon. Sabina Chege has said that head teachers implicated with misappropriation of school funds will be sacked and prosecuted as required by the law.

Chege, who is also the Murang'a County Women Representative, stated that transferring such corrupt public officers as a cover for their ills is encouraging more misappropriation of public funds in the education sector.

"I call upon the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to lawfully deal with school heads implicated with misuse of disbursed education funds other than giving them transfers," said Chege.

"We have been seeing many public servants such as ministers and their PS's being arraigned in court on charges of corruption while in office, and this legal procedure should be extended to head teachers without discrimination," she added.

Chege urged TSC to ensure that teachers are equally distributed during the recruitment exercise noting that many teachers prefer teaching in urban areas while neglecting remote and marginalized regions that face acute shortage of teachers.

Responding to private schools stakeholders' complaints that the government favours candidates from public schools during the form one selection to national secondary schools, Chege stated that that creates a balance between poor and rich families in accessing education.

"The 75% slots for public schools grants the poor, bright candidates from government schools an equal opportunity to compete with well-off candidates from private schools," noted Chege.

She noted that many public schools are faced with the shortage of learning materials, teachers, and mostly affected with strikes making it difficult for learners to perform well.

She further noted that although candidates from public schools do not score highly compared to their private school counterparts, when admitted in same secondary schools they outshine them in performance.   

Chege was speaking to a local radio station on challenges and solutions for public schools.

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