Teachers engaging in sexual relationships with students warned
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The Bungoma County Commissioner of Education Daniel Mosibei
The Bungoma County Commissioner of Education Daniel Mosibei has warned teachers who engage in sexual relations with pupils and students that they will be dealt with accordingly.
Mr. Mosibei asserted that such behaviors are unacceptable and that the Teachers Service Commission TSC and the Ministry of education will not tolerate such teachers.
He was speaking in Mongore Primary school in Bumula District during the Bumula zonal education day where he directed that pupils and students should be given opportune time to pursue their education while insisting that even civilians who engage in sexual relationships with school children will face the full force of the law.
“These are future doctors, engineers, Professors, teachers name it and we must protect them to ensure they achieve their future ambitions through provision of quality education,” he said.
The Commissioner regretted that only 22 students in the entire Bumula Zone qualified for direct entry to university regular programs while appealing to stakeholders in the region to join hands in a move to reverse the situation.
Mr. Mosibei said the government is committed to provide Free Primary Education and subsidized secondary education while challenging parents to ensure that all children are in school to benefit from the government program.
“As leaders we should ensure we encourage our people to shun cultural practices that are retrogressive, we should fight early pregnancies and early marriages in favor of education,” Mosibei challenged.
The Bungoma County Education Commissioner said it was wrong to blame poverty as the major cause of dismal performance in national exams in Bumula district a region he termed being potential.
“The problem is not poverty, we need to change our attitude towards education especially the girl child, it is through education that we can achieve the much needed change,” Mr. Mosibei urged.
On alcohol, Mr. Mosibei urged the provincial administration to close down all drinking sprees that are close to learning institutions.
“The Mtutho laws are very clear and we cannot compromise over these, it is our request that the provincial administration steps in and ensure our children are freed from alcoholism and drug abuse” he said.
Concerning the teacher shortage in the country, Mosibei did admit there is understaffing in most of the schools especially in rural areas insisting that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that all schools are well staffed and that there is equitable distribution of teachers in the country.
He said that Bungoma County is slotted to recruit 348 teachers this year saying that his office will soon announce how the teachers will be shared in all the districts within the county.