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TSC warns against discrimination

17 May 2013, 13:00 Joseph Mukubwa

Nyeri Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Director Kinoti Imanyara has urged teachers not to stigmatise their colleagues who are infected with HIV/AIDs.

Imanyara said the teachers should work with the infected colleagues without discrimination.

Speaking in Nyeri town, Imanyara noted that anyone can be infected with such a disease and so there is no need to stigmatise those affected.

He noted that there have been reports of stigma among teachers in the past, urging teachers to work hand in hand with the victims for the sake of quality service delivery.

“This disease can infect anybody and so there is no need for stigmatisation. After all, we are all affected by it,” he said.

Imanyara who was accompanied by Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) Central province Chairman Nicholas Gathemia was speaking at St Mary Boys High school in Nyeri town when he met over 520 Primary school Heads during his first meeting as a County Director.

Meanwhile, he expressed concern over the mushrooming private schools saying a thorough inspection will be done as some schools seem not to have met all the required standards.

He said it was good to expand and upgrade the existing schools and provide quality education instead of starting new ones.

The director at the same time said strict disciplinary action will be taken against any teacher who will be found in school while drunk.

“We shall not spare such teachers who are not serious with their work and disciplinary action including firing or suspension of such teachers will be taken,” he added.

The director reminded teachers that they should be role models to their pupils.

He said the constitution has given him powers to discipline such errant teachers.

Gathemia expressed optimism that there will be cordial working relationship with the new County Director for the sake of the good performance in Nyeri County.

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