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Teacher who spent night with student in lodging to continue teaching

27 October 2014, 18:03 Dareel Eric

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.

In 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 affidavit read.

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.

The Teachers Service Commission in the region has however opposed this saying that the teacher was invited for the meeting but he did not turn up.

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,” said Ngware.

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.

Elisha 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 next step.

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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