Teachers lose millions as employment scam hits Nyanza
SEE ALSO :Timeless lessons from a rich dadA few teachers have chickened out of the deal after suspecting that they were being duped. Those who have been placed in schools soon realised they had been conned after their names missed on the TSC pay roll. A victim, Merceline Marube was about to pay Sh100,000 when she realised she was dealing with crooks. “A relative introduced me to these people. I travelled all the way from Mombasa to Rongo in Migori to meet them on February 21. They promised to post me at Marereni Secondary School in Malindi where there were vacancies. But I realised they were fake and I didn’t pay,” she said. The application form she had filled has been declared as fake by TSC. One of the fake “offer of employment” letters seen by the Saturday Standard is signed by someone else on behalf of the TSC Chief Executive, but, this too has been declared a forgery. A source conversant with the racket said the fraudsters may have collected up to Sh4.8 millionbetween January and March. The two agents who collect the money are often given long off days to enable them travel far and wide, in search of gullible teachers. TSC has distanced itself from the employment racked and called for investigations to arrest the masterminds. Work of conmen Migori TSC County Director Beatrice Lukalo and the Commission’s public relations manager Kihumba Kamotho expressed shock at the existence of the racket. “The TSC employment forms are serialised and are sent through very secure system. They are not handled or distributed by villagers. What these people are using must have been printed in Nairobi,” said Ms Lukalo. She added: “The Primary School employment forms and letters come through my office. Secondary schools are given forms according to vacancies. Candidates are interviewed by the Boards,” she said. They dismissed claims that the fraudsters had infiltrated TSC at the county and at the headquarters. “The Teachers Service Commission conducts transparent and credible recruitment of teachers. This is the work of con men who should be arrested,” said Mr Kamotho. “All our vacancies are advertised in the media and the recruitment procedures are water tight. It is unfortunate this kind of thing is still going on despite several interventions we have made to warn teachers against falling prey to such people.” Kamotho said TSC was currently only filling few vacancies left by teachers who have either retired or died. Ms Lukalo urged those seeking TSC jobs to seek clarification from her office instead of paying money to fraudsters. Rongo Divisional Police Commander Peter Kirui said they were not aware of the racket since no victims has filed a complaint. But teachers familiar with the scam, told Saturday Standard those who have been conned fear reporting the matter to the police for fear of being arrested for aiding corruption. Sources said villagers neighbouring the secondary school headed by the main fraudster, were last week planning to storm it and seize the fake employment forms. “This teacher is using his office to store the fake employment papers. He is rarely in the school because he is busy conning our sons and daughters. He is very arrogant and boasts how he was well connected. This why we were planning to burn his house,” said a local farmer. When reached on phone, the Principal denied any involvement in the racket. “I didn’t know about that racket. I also cannot talk to you on phone. Come to the school,” he said before hanging up. Our attempts to meet him at the school were futile as on two occasions we visited, he had reportedly driven out to meet senior education officials in Rongo. [email protected]
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