It is essential for the success of students and the quality of education that teachers uphold high standards of professionalism and discipline in school.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is a key institution in the country’s commitment to educational excellence through its oversight and management of the teaching profession.
TSC has the jurisdiction to implement disciplinary penalties, such as suspension and interdiction, to address misconduct or incompetence.
This article discusses the nuances between suspension and interdiction, and what that means for teachers in schools in Kenya.
Suspension is a disciplinary action imposed on a teacher by the TSC, temporarily relieving them from their teaching duties and responsibilities.
It is typically used when a teacher is being investigated for improper behavior in the classroom or ineptitude.
During his or her suspension, the teacher is barred from going to the classroom and cannot engage in any school-related activities.
Suspension is meant to protect students and keep the school running smoothly while also providing an atmosphere where an investigation can be conducted fairly.
Key Points Regarding Suspension
Suspension is a temporary solution that allows the teacher to be relieved from their responsibilities for a particular period of time.
Suspension is common practice when serious charges have been made against a teacher and further inquiry is needed to determine their veracity.
The teacher has a right to a fair hearing where they can provide their side of the story and refute the accusations made against them.
Restrictions and obligations: During suspension, teachers are generally prohibited from accessing school premises and carrying out teaching-related tasks.
Interdiction, on the other hand, is a more severe disciplinary action taken by the TSC against a teacher. This procedure is carried out when a teacher is accused of unlawful conduct or extreme ineptitude within the school environment.
Interdiction is a more severe kind of administrative leave than suspension and often lasts until all disciplinary actions, including legal ones, are complete.
Interdiction is a preventative technique used to shield learners and the school from any potential harm or undesirable effect.
Key Points Regarding Interdiction:
Long-term relief: Unlike suspension, interdiction can remain in effect until the disciplinary hearing is over.
In circumstances of extreme misconduct, such as criminal behavior or extreme ineptitude, interdiction may be imposed.
Interdiction removes a teacher from the teaching environment as a precautionary measure to protect students and the school’s reputation.
Depending on the nature of the allegations made against the teacher, interdiction may lead to legal actions.
When a teacher is on interdiction, suspension, or has been removed from the register of teachers, they are prohibited from teaching in any setting.
A suspended teacher will return to the classroom 14 days before the suspension ends.
A teacher will be posted immediately in cases of revocation and warning.
If, within 28 days of the hearing, a teacher does not receive any communication they are encouraged to make inquiries in person at the Teachers Service Commission Headquarters.