October 19th 2017

Society / Education

Tharaka teachers, leaders eject TSC director from office

The leaders also accused Kokelo of favouring female teachers in transfers to good performing schools, a trend that was causing a growing imbalance in staffing of local schools.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:47 EAT

Teachers from Tharaka Nithi County, led by their local union officials, forcefully ejected the County TSC director Paul Kokelo on Friday, accusing him of abuse of office.

There was drama when the teachers, led  by Kuppet executive secretary Patrick Gitonga and KNUT executive secretary Njeru Mutani stormed the local TSC office, ejected the official and erected a barrier at the door to the office.

The teachers accused Mr Kokelo of allegedly accepting bribes in order to transfer teachers from one part of the county to another where the teachers benefit from hardship allowances. 

Teachers from Tharaka and Chuka Igambang'ombe might even live in the same market centres, but those whose schools are stationed in Tharaka benefit from hardship allowances given the division's relative aridity.

“The county director is corrupt. He has been transferring teachers from Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency to Tharaka where they can enjoy hardship allowances leaving our schools with few teachers. We know he has been taking female teachers to places of their  choice,” said Gitonga, who also claimed that Kokelo had "a very high appetite for money and women."

The leaders also accused Kokelo of favouring female teachers in transfers to good performing schools, a trend that was causing a growing imbalance in staffing of local schools. 

Mutani asserted that Kokelo had been transferring teachers unilaterally without the involvement of transferring committee as required by TSC regulations.

Chuka Igambang’ombe MP Muthomi Njuki claimed that he had received reports from female teachers who have complained that the director demanded sexual favors from them before providing services.

The Free Press could not reach Mr Kokelo on phone throughout the weekend in order to get his response to the allegations by the teachers, which TSC will have to investigate before making a decision on his transfer from the county, according to a source at the Commission headquarters.

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