Teachers Service Commission ( TSC) Fires 50 Teachers, See Details Here

The commission’s CEO Nancy Macharia in a gazette notice, removed the teachers from the national register in accordance with Section 30 (1) (e) of the Teachers Service Commission Act.
“A teacher whose name has been removed from the register shall cease to be a teacher with effect from the date of such removal,” the gazette notice dated May 13 read in part. The notice went ahead to list the names as well as TSC numbers of the affected teachers.

Additionally, a person shall not engage in the teaching service unless such a person is registered as a teacher under the Act.

Upon deregistration, any person who teaches or assists in teaching in any school shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh 5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.
Similarly, if a school employs someone who is not a registered teacher, the owner shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not less than Ksh 100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

Macharia further noted that in the case where a teacher has been removed from the register, reinstatement would only be occasioned by the commission.

The affected teachers can choose to appeal their removal at the Appeals Tribunal, which must be exercised within 28 days of the date of this notice.

“Any appeal should be submitted in writing, stating the grounds of appeal. If on the expiry of 28 days from the date of this notice, no appeal has been made to the Appeals Tribunal, or if an appeal to the Appeals Tribunal is withdrawn or dismissed, your name will forthwith be removed from the register of teachers,” the ACt directs.

The TSC has been increasingly taking disciplinary action against teachers, with the most recent deregistration being in November 2020 when it dismissed 50 teachers over indiscipline. Back in October of the same year, 36 teachers had received marching orders from TSC.

The listed teachers had cases of sexual offences on learners raised against them and were issued notice letters between September 14 and 25, 2020. Similarly, 71 teachers were deregistered in 2017 and 2018 over various offences.

While releasing the KCSE results earlier in May, Macharia noted that some teachers were involved in unethical behaviour by sharing exam questions before disseminating them to the candidates.

She revealed that as a measure to curb national exam malpractice, the commission would launch biometric system for teachers in all schools.

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