Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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The Lugari branch KNUT official with the nine interdicted teachers after meeting with the Kakamega County TSC director at Matete. The branch termed the action as punitive from the TSC. [ PHOTO | Joseph Amunya]
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has with immediate effect interdicted 9 teachers in Matete District who invigilated the KCSE exams at Kivaywa Boys high school last year leading to the cancellation of results to 143 students.
The commission has claimed that the affected teachers failed to perform their duties above reproach leading to the cheating.
The action has attracted a round of criticism by the local KNUT branch led by its executive secretary Namwinguli Makhanu and chairman Kefa Kisali who termed it draconian, vindictive and unmitigated.
During a meeting convened by the commission and chaired by the Kakamega County TSC director Mrs. Janet Onyango the union officials demanded for tabling of procedure followed to arrive at the punitive decision.
Makhanu said all the involved were primary school teachers whom he noted were being sacrificed to keep away the actual criminals. He accused the commission for unfairly investigating the matter adding that the decision should be shelved to allow for proper investigations.
Mrs. Onyango pointed out that the decision was arrived at without her in put adding that she had been only been informed by her bosses in Nairobi that the matter was investigated by the Kenya National Examinations council (KNEC) who at the time had engaged the aggrieved teachers.
She observed that during examinations teachers hired answered to KNEC arguing that the body had claimed to have carried out conclusive investigations whose findings had pointed to the nine.
KNUT pledged to carry out further investigations in other areas affected by cheating and vowed to demonstrate if similar action was not taken.
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