The Teachers Service Commission has sacked more than 50 teachers from across the country for various reasons, they include absenteeism, Sexual offences, abandonment of duty and many more. The first batch of home-going teachers comprises about fifty-two teachers.
According to TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia, teachers were removed from the National Register as per Section 30(1)(e) of the Teachers Service Commission Act.
The gazette notice issued on May 13 said, “The teacher whose name has been removed from the register shall cease to be a teacher from the date of removal.” In canceling the registration of teachers, TSC has prohibited all affected teachers from re-teaching.
“Any person who teaches or aids in teaching in any school shall be guilty of an offense and a fine not exceeding KSh.5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or with both,” of the TSC In the same way, if a school employs a person who is not a registered teacher, the owner shall be guilty of an offense and shall be liable to a fine of not less than KSh. 100,000 or a term not exceeding two years. imprisonment for or both.
However, affected teachers can appeal for removal from teaching service as they were given an appeal period of 28 days.
“Any appeal must be presented in writing stating the grounds of appeal. If, on the expiration of 28 days from the date of this notice, no appeal has been preferred to the Appellate Tribunal, or if the appeal to the Appellate Tribunal is withdrawn or is rejected, your name will be immediately removed from the register of teachers, says the TSC Act.
This comes at a time when the COVID-19 situation is disrupting the smooth functioning of schools keeping teachers at a crossroads.
Recently TSC conducted a research on the level of teacher preparedness for managing COVID-19 during full school restoration and how teachers are prepared to support learners and their peers in adhering to COVID-19 measures.
The findings showed that a lot needed to be done for the school calendar to support both learners and teachers and keep learning in school going smoothly.