Teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are facing significant penalties if they do not promptly fill their online wealth declaration forms.
Consequences for teachers who fail to comply with the directive from their employer include receiving show cause and warning letters, as well as a salary stoppage.
TSC initially announced that teachers and secretariat staff should declare their income, assets, and liabilities by December 31, 2023.
In a circular dated November 7, 2023, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia outlined the procedures of declaring wealth.
“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,” She stated
Macharia 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).
By December 10, TSC had identified over one hundred thousand teachers who had not yet declared their wealth.
The Commission disclosed that only thirty percent of teachers had declared their wealth by November 30, 2023.
In response to prevailing situation , TSC Director of Administrative Functions, Ibrahim Mumin, instructed County Directors on December to launch an aggressive campaign using various communication channels to remind teachers and secretariat staff to make their submissions promptly.
The wealth declaration process has been digitized, and manual declarations are no longer accepted.
As per Sections 26 and 27 of the Public Officer Ethics Act (POEA), all public officers, including teachers, are required to declare their income, assets, and liabilities every two years.
Teachers who have not yet declared their wealth still have the opportunity to do so by the deadline of December 31.