We will not protect sex pest teachers: Knut

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Friday September 30 warned tutors accused of sexual abuse and defilement that they will be on their own, and will not have the protection of the lobby.

Secretary General Collins Oyuu said it was evil for teachers to seduce and defile school girls.

Speaking at Kerugoya Town during the Annual General Meeting for Kirinyaga KNUT branch, Mr Oyuu told teachers to let the girls learn and complete their education without interference.

“Teachers who are so evil should leave our children alone. They should approach adults instead of destroying the lives of our young ones,” he said.

Mr Oyuu directed KNUT branch officials across the country to ensure that teachers don’t have sex with their students.

“We shall not defend or support teachers involved in immoral activities in school, teachers should not have sexual relationship with their students,” Mr Oyuu promised.

He observed that defilement of school girls was a serious issue and the union would not tolerate it.

“As a Secretary General, I don’t want to hear anything to do with carnal knowledge in schools, teachers are fathers and mothers and they should not mess up with our children,” he said.

He lamented that some teachers were turning against the innocent girls they were supposed to protect and told them to stop.

“School girls are not wives or girlfriends. They are learners and they should be treated well,” he said adding that it was a shame for teachers to be interdicted over defilement of the young ones.

Four years ago, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) said that it had struck 1,077 teachers off the register over a period of eight years over immoral behaviour towards students.

As at 2021, 228 more had been sacked or deregistered for engaging in sexual relations with those under their care.

In 2010, TSC famously fired 500 teachers in one year following reports of professional misconduct that included flirting and sexual acts with students, including impregnating some young girls.

At the same time, Mr Oyuu criticised the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) for taking too long to pay teachers who invigilate students sitting national examinations.

He said teachers should be paid immediately after the examinations are conclusively conducted.

Mr Oyuu said the union was keen and would not allow the KNEC to continue delaying payments for teachers.

He noted that teachers work hard to ensure the candidates were well invigilated and exams marked and should be treated with respect.

“This time we shall not sit back and watch as our teachers continue suffering, they should be paid their rightful dues as soon as the exams are done and marked,” he said.

He asked the government to consider paying some money to teachers who are sacked over various offences to make them survive.

“Teachers who are fired should not go home empty-handed, they should be paid for the years they have worked so that they can continue earning a good living,” he said.

The Kirinyaga KNUT branch executive Secretary Mr Mwangi Kanaiyu declared that the union will continue fighting for the welfare of the teachers.

“We want teachers to enjoy good working conditions and we shall not give up the struggle,” he said.

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