The Chairperson of the Education Committee in the National Assembly Julius Melly, is urging the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to reinstate teachers who were previously interdicted in Northern Kenya.
The teachers were interdicted due to allegations of abandoning their duties when they participated in protests at the TSC headquarters in Nairobi.
The protests were in response to the prevailing insecurity in North Eastern Kenya, which the teachers argued created challenging working conditions.
The Tinderet Mp, expressed his disappointment with TSC for not adequately addressing the concerns of the teachers.
Speaking during an event in Tinderet Constituency, Nandi County, on Sunday Melly emphasized that no teacher should have to teach under the constant threat to their safety.
“You cannot teach when your life is under threat. You cannot do a lesson plan. You cannot attend to a child when there is somebody threatening your life,” he stated.
He further challenged TSC commissioners, who themselves have a teaching background, to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in Northern Eastern Kenya, particularly in Mandera, to fully comprehend the challenges faced by the teachers.
The teachers had been staging a protest outside TSC offices, seeking to be relocated due to security concerns arising from threats posed by groups like Al Shabaab and hostility from the local community.
TSC had earlier instructed the teachers to return to their respective workstations before imposing the interdiction on September 22, 2023.
In letters sent to the affected teachers, the commission cited a violation of the Teachers Service Commission Act, specifically pointing out the alleged breach of duty from September 9, 2023, onwards.
The letters outlined the appeal process for the interdicted teachers, giving them 21 days to present their defense statements.
The Nancy Macharia led commission also granted the teachers an opportunity to be personally heard by the commission.