Safeguard learning during election, TSC tells school heads

Judy Akuma @PeopleDailyKe

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has directed all county and sub-county directors, principals of post primary institutions and school heads to adequately supervise teachers during the repeat election period to ensure learning is not disrupted.

In a circular released yesterday, TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia urged institutional administrators and teachers who intend to serve as election officials under the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), to ensure they obtain prior written permission from their respective TSC county directors.

“The repeat presidential election may require the participation of institutional administrators and teachers to serve as election officials under the IEBC. Accordingly, the commission calls on all teachers selected by the IEBC to officiate in conducting the poll to obtain prior written permission,” said Macharia.

She said all teachers officiating the elections are reminded of their public officer status and need to uphold the law and principles of responsible citizenship as amplified in the Constitution and other laws.

Macharia said teachers should be non-partisan and are further required to shun any acts that could lead to cases of real or perceived conflict of interest in performance of their work. “School Heads are required to step up vigilance to safeguard safety of learners and security of property in institutions that will be used as polling and tallying centres during the repeat presidential poll,” she said.

Responding to recent indiscipline cases in schools where students have been involved in arson, the CEO said in line with Circular No 14/2016 and existing policy, all principals of institutions with boarding facilities, their deputies, boarding masters/mistresses and other key staff should at all times reside within the school compound.

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