(By Bonny Apunyu)
Two female teachers are among the 126 Kenyan teachers barred from teaching for the rest of their lives for engaging in sexual relations with students, Daily Monitor reported Thursday.
According to reports, 96 of the teachers were found guilty of having sexual relations with their students. Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported that the teachers were also relieved off the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) register in a verdict reached last month by a disciplinary committee.
The cases had been taken before the commission by parents, students and schools.The punishment is a departure, as the TSC previously transferred or suspended such teachers. One of the affected teachers was accused of sodomising a 19-year-old student at Chavakali Boys High School in west Kenya’s Vihiga County, in March, 2013.
TSC chief executive officer Gabriel Lengoiboni reportedly said the cases may not be a reflection of the whole picture of abuses in schools. “We have a lot of cover-up by parents, communities and some teachers of cases of sexual relations between teachers and their students. Some are even unwilling to give evidence,” Mr Lengoiboni said.
He added that there were plans to release the names of the de-registered teachers annually to ensure the public is informed.