TSC: We aren’t to blame for tutors who turn into sex pests
SEE ALSO :Row rages over Sossion suspension“It is our view that apart from dismissal and de-registration of teachers, the commission lacks the legal mandate to take any further unspecified action on the teacher and purporting to do so will not only be illegal but will also amount abuse of office,” said its argument before the court. The court heard that Amkoah was transferred to the victims’ school despite complaints that he had had similar unbecoming behaviour in another institution where he was teaching. Court papers read that one of the girls could not cope with the stigma and dropped out of school while the other victim has been struggling with trauma from 2010. Not exposed “The respondents should have picked this before engaging him at J P school. This was not done. No due diligence mechanisms were applied by the respondents to ensure that the children were not exposed. That having been said, it is rather curious to note that the defilements took place in a manner that amplifies the degree of institutional negligence on the part of the school and the TSC,” the minors through lawyer John Chigiti replied in papers also before the court.
SEE ALSO :Catholic Church supports new curriculumThe case was filed by two parents from Nakuru County where both incidences occurred. They argued that girls in schools are increasingly at risk of being defiled in school by a teacher. The parents were aggrieved by the fact that their two daughters were victims of defilement by a deputy head teacher who ended up being set free. He argued that although the commission has a circular barring teachers from abusing pupils and students, it did not guarantee a safe learning environment. Mr Chigiti said that in 2010 alone, 600 teachers were accused of defiling school-going children, with some counties reporting more than 200 pedophile cases. Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) supported the minor’s case, arguing that TSC should be forced to provide compensation for them. According to CREAW the defilement was committed by the teacher, within the school premises, in a classroom and during class hours.
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