Non-teaching staff red-carded in school activities

Irene Githinji @gitshee

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has banned engagement of non-teaching staff in school activities, as part of measures to enhance students’ safety and protect them from sexual predators.

Consequently, principals have been ordered to ensure that for any co-curricular activities; games and sports, music, drama, scouts, girl guides, educational tours, congresses, exchange programmes, debates, symposia, contests within or outside the school, students are accompanied by at least one registered teacher of the same sex depending on the number of students involved.

TSC secretary Nancy Macharia also directed unregistered teachers, including those whose names have been deregistered to be excluded from teaching, handling, managing, coaching and supervision of learners.

The new guidelines were issued just a day after the Education ministry presented stern penalties to tame sexual abuses in schools.

“At all times, registered teachers have a duty to always act in the best interest of all students regardless of their stations of duty,” said Macharia.

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