Teacher who spent night with student in lodging to continue teaching
27 October 2014, 18:03
Vihiga - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Vihiga Branch
has filed a case at the Industrial Courts in Kisumu challenging the
interdiction of a deputy Principal who was allegedly found to have spent
a night in lodging with a student.
Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa
ordered that leave be and granted so that the deputy Principal of Mbihi
High School remains in his station of work.
“No adverse report should be made without according him a chance to be heard,” said Wasilwa.
the verifying affidavit, Dick Kisivuli Atsiaya, the Knut executive
secretary in the region affirmed that the decision by the TSC to
interdict the teacher was based on hearsay.
“I learnt that the
girl had been given a sick off and went to the hospital and thereafter
proceeded to their home where she had been with the parents,” the
He further said that the teacher was not given a
fair hearing as he was not present during the Board of Management
meeting that arrived at the decision to interdict him.
Teachers Service Commission in the region has however opposed this
saying that the teacher was invited for the meeting but he did not turn
TSC has further raised concern saying the decision by the
teachers’ union to go to court will compromise the teachers’ integrity.
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The area TSC director, Francis Ngware said he was worried that many
offenders will go unscathed and that many teachers will want to get
involved with their students if the teachers’ unions will not accord the
commission necessary help in disciplining errant teachers.
“In the case
of the Mbihi teacher, there was more than enough evidence that the
teacher had spent the night in lodging with his student. He even
confirmed it himself. We don’t know what the teachers’ union
intention is by going to court to contest his imminent interdiction,”
Ngware said that cases of teachers being
involved sexually with their students had gone down in the region, after
some teachers were interdicted last year, but with the unions moving to
court to block the interdiction, they were likely to resurface.
Kedode, a deputy Principal of Mbihi Secondary School as interdicted two
weeks ago by the schools Board of Management and is awaiting
communication from the Teachers Service Commission headquarters on his
t was alleged that the teacher had spent the night
with a 19-years-old student at a hotel in Chavakali market
before he left her at the facility and came to school only for the
student to follow him later.
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