The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has launched the 2023 wealth declaration process for teachers employed on a permanent and pensionable basis.
In a circular dated November 7, 2023, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia urged all teachers to complete their declarations by the December 31, 2023, deadline.
Macharia highlighted that the wealth declaration exercise will be conducted online, and the system has been tailored to facilitate the initial declaration for newly hired teachers.
In accordance with Sections 26 and 27 of the Public Officer Ethics Act (POEA), all Public Officers are mandated to disclose their Income, Assets, and Liabilities (IALs) every two years.
“Any teacher employed by the Commission who fails to submit the declaration or gives false or misleading information will be liable to a fine of Kshs 1,000,000 or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding one year or both upon conviction,” Macharia emphasized.
In February 2022, the Commission issued a warning to withhold salaries of teachers who failed to declare their wealth by December 2021.
Macharia, in a circular, cautioned that teachers failing to declare their wealth would be subject to administrative disciplinary action in accordance with the TSC Administrative Procedures on DIALs (Declaration of Income, Assets, and Liabilities).
She specified that all TSC-employed teachers must declare their Income, Assets & Liabilities, including those on leave, interdiction, suspension, or authorized absence from duty.
Macharia clarified that teachers with less than two years of employment should submit their initial declarations, as the system is designed to facilitate this process.
Intern teachers are exempt from declaring their Income, Assets, and Liabilities.
“Teachers are encouraged to make their declarations early to avoid last minute rush that may lead to system congestion or downtime” TSC stated.