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TSC warns teachers against excessive sexual indulgence

14 April 2014, 11:24 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has warned teachers against involving themselves in carnal knowledge of their students.

The commission noted that most teachers are ignorantly engaging their students in sexual encounters against their signed contracts, which is a criminal offense.

Addressing journalists after attending the hearings of two teachers from Vihiga County who were interdicted early last year for having intentionally having sexual affairs with their students, Vihiga TSC director, Francis Ngware said that their stand has been made even more firm regarding teachers who will be found engaging in such acts.

“Protection of pupils and students will remain our sole responsibility as a commission, and we will not relent in punishing teachers who are found to have engaged their students sexually,” Ngware said.

He noted that most of those students who are victimised by the teachers are those who are not living under the care of foster parents and grandparents.

“Most parents are not living up to their task, thus exposing their children to exploitation by people entrusted to care for them like teachers, which is not a good thing after all,” he said.

He asked parents to take up their responsibility in ensuring that their children are taken well care of, and are educated against such vices as engaging in sexual activities while at a younger age.

Ngware noted that much as the society has been greatly involved in protecting the girl child, the boy child has been left vulnerable and easy for exploitation.

One of such cases involved a male teacher who sodomised a 19-year-old boy early last year.

“Stakeholders and NGOs should come in and help educate the students, teachers and the community on the need to protect students,” he said.  

Last week, commissioners Salome Gichura (chairperson) and Saadia Abdi from TSC headquarters visited Vihiga County to solve the pending cases where teachers have been interdicted in the past.

A total of four cases were heard, involving overindulgence in alcoholism and financial mismanagement and desertion of duty.

The director also raised concern that the teachers in the region are overtly engaged in alcoholism which has lead many of them to desert duty.

“I want to discourage the commonly held behaviours by most of our male teachers who overtly engage in alcoholism and forget that they have a duty to accomplish for their students,” he said.

Ngware said that much as four cases had been heard in the county, there were no extensive cases in the county, and that most teachers were living up to their expectations by the commission.

He said the move by the commissioners to visit the counties and solve the cases from the ground was in the spirit of devolution in a bid to discourage centralising everything at Nairobi.

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