In a Gazette Notice released on Friday, October 23, 2020, The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has deregistered 30 teachers from different schools in the country.
The teachers were removed from the national register in accordance with Section 30 (1) (e) of the Teachers Service Commission Act.
“The commission may, after inquiry, cause to be removed from the register the name of any person who the commission has directed should be removed as a result of disciplinary proceedings instituted under this act,” the law reads. The listed teachers were issued with notice letters between September 14 and 25, 2020 on cases of sexual offenses on learners raised against them.
Once removed from the register, the teachers will not be able to teach in any of Kenya’s public or private schools.
Applicants in the Private learning institutions, before they are hired, submission of TSC registration is required together with certificate of good conduct.
According to the TSC Act, school heads or owners who employ unregistered teachers are guilty of an offense 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.
However, the affected teachers can choose to apply for reinstatement at the discretion of the commission.
An application may only be made after the expiry of eighteen months from the date of removal of the name from the register.
In October 2019, the commission gazetted a list of 36 teachers who were dismissed and removed from the register over indiscipline.
Seventy-one teachers were deregistered in 2017 and 2018 over various offenses.
According to the commission, private learning institutions are the most affected by sexual harassment cases.