The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will treat and rehabilitate school managers and teachers with chronic alcoholism and drug and substance abuse problems for three months at its expense.
Speaking on Wednesday June 28 during the 46th Kenya Secondary School Heads Association annual national conference in Mombasa, TSC chairman Jamleck Muturi stated that the commission considers alcoholism and drug abuse as a disease.
Muturi announced that TSC has established a fully equipped wellness center with qualified medical staff to assist in rehabilitating principals and teachers who turn to alcoholism and drugs due to work-related stress
“We will grant paid leave to such teachers and enroll them in a rehabilitation center for three months,” stated Muturi.
This development comes as principals face challenging conditions resulting from the increased enrollment of students without adequate funding.
Indimuli Kahi, chair of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha), pointed out that the funding schools receive does not consider new responsibilities such as recruiting Board of Management teachers for subcounty schools.
Kahi noted that subcounty schools, which are predominantly day schools, are not permitted to charge any fees.
“When there are delays in capitation, these schools suffer because they struggle to feed the students and employ BOM teachers,” Kahi explained.
He further highlighted that such circumstances lead to a rapid increase in stress levels among principals, some of whom resort to substance abuse and alcoholism.
Muturi stated that the commission has received an increased budget of Sh323.7 billion for the 2023-24 fiscal year, which is Sh24 billion more than the previous allocation in 2022-23.
A portion of this budget, amounting to Sh4.6 billion, will be utilized to recruit around 20,000 teacher interns to address the shortage of teachers.