It has been a nightmare for more than 41 teachers after their employer sacked them permanently. The Teachers Service Commission has banned the teachers from working anywhere in the country for alleged misconduct. According to the TSC Chief executive Nancy Macharia, the deregistered teachers will not be allowed to teach in any school in Kenya – be it public or private. This means that to the affected teachers, their profession and career has come to an dark end whereby forty of the affected are male.
The misconducts that led to their deregistration range from desertion of duty due to drunkenness and irresponsibility, having sexual relationships with students, insubordination, negligence, exam cheating and embezzlement of school resources.
However, most of the teachers are being kicked out of the profession for having sexual relations with their students, which has been identified as the main crime teachers especially male ones commit. In most cases this happen when teachers take advantage to either to cover up a punishment, award extra marks or financial gain to students who most of them are minors and can not defend themselves in a helpless situation.
Similarly, 22 teachers who had sex with their students were banned from teaching in Kenya last year. Additionally, in 2015, some 126 teachers were deregistered due to misconduct – where a hundred of the accused was as a result of having sexual relationships with their students whether forcefully or voluntarily.
Dr. Macharia noted that those teachers won’t be able to work anywhere unless or otherwise reinstated by TSC. “Further, it is notified for general information that pursuant to Sections 30 (4) & (5), 23 (2) of the Act: Where the name of a teacher is removed from the register of teachers, such a person shall not be reinstated except by direction of the Commission,” she said.
Nonetheless, the teachers have learnt a lesson the hardest way as the verdict does not give them room to reform in the course of their profession but be a living example to others in the profession who might be or planning to commit such crimes that the TSC law is yet to catch them.