TSC boss, Nancy Macharia. TSC is set to appoint Teachers with job groups M and above to deputy headship roles
TSC boss, Dr. Nancy Macharia. Photo/ File.

Five teachers have been interdicted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for allegedly indulging in exam related malpractices in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

These revelations were made by the Chief Executive Officer to the TSC, Dr. Nancy Njeri Macharia, during the releasing of the 2018 KCSE results at
the headquarters of the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) in Nairobi. She also said 57 more teachers were being investigated for exam cheating related offences.

“We must do away with teachers who cannot comply with regulations,” she said, adding they will propose an amendment of the TSC Act to allow for the dismissal and deregistration of teachers who engage in malpractices.

Four candidates were deregistered for impersonation and 101 phones confiscated as they were being used for cheating.

The boss at the same breadth praised the hundreds of thousands of teachers who adhered to regulations, saying they played a key role in ensuring the integrity and success of the 2018 exams that the 664,550 candidates sat for.

Macharia praised teachers for making the 2018 the exercise successful saying: “Am very greatful to all the teachers who contributed in the administration and processing of the 2018 KCSE (examinations).” She heaped praises on the principals who braced the morning chill to pick the examination materials from the KNEC containers.

“Without the teaching fraternity, this exercise would not have succeeded. The TSC will continue to support efforts for credible results,” said Dr. Macharia.

TSC boss, Nancy Macharia. She says the Commission has interdicted 5 teachers for the 2018 KCSE exam related Malpractices
TSC boss, Nancy Macharia. She says the Commission has interdicted 5 teachers for the 2018 KCSE exam related Malpractices

Also receiving congratulatory messages are 40 teachers who have been marking the KCSE exams for the last 20 teachers. Without mentioning their names, Dr. Macharia said she will forward them to the President for recognition. “This year, I wish to recognize these forty (teachers) who have consistently rendered exemplary services as examiners for twenty years and above. Over the years they have risen to the positions of either chief examiners or assistant chief examiners. The TSC will be recognizing them in line with the Commission’s policy on recognition and award. And, in addition, we shall also be forwarding their names to his excellency the President (Uhuru Kenyatta) to confer them with awards and honours,” Said Dr. Macharia.

The TSC boss sent her condolences to the family of the late Mr. Lazarus Sirengo who died while marking the 2018 KCSE examinations. Read more details here: Teacher dies in Nairobi while marking this year’s KCSE Exams “The TSC fraternity at this juncture will wish to condole with the family and friends of one of the teachers; whom the KNEC refers to as ‘an Examiner’. But, to us he is a teacher who lost his life during the examination (marking) exercise. He was an examiner at Pangani ,” said Macharia. She promised that the Commission will support the family of the late teacher, Mr. Lazarus.

TSC TO CRACK THE WHIP ON UNREGISTERED TEACHERS

In her address, Dr. Macharia said that she has directed TSC personnel at the Counties to ensure only registered teachers were rendering services at both Public and Private schools across the country. This, according to Macharia, will professionalize the teaching sector. “The Commission has directed all TSC county and Sub- county Directors to ensure that from January, 2019, all teachers engaged in teaching (whether in public or private institutions) are fully qualified and registered.

The TSC, is at the same time, seeking powers to dismiss teachers involved in examination malpractices. Macharia announced that the Commission will be seeking to amend the TSC act provide for dismissal and de-registration of such teachers. “The de-registration of such teachers will ensure that they are completely removed from the teaching profession and examination process in and out of this country,” Dr. Macharia, further, said.