School Reopening: ‘No Day Off, Punishment for Failure to Report Back to School’ TSC

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The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has ordered disciplinary action for teachers who fail to report to work by Monday, September 28, as per the Ministry of Education’s directive.

According to People Daily, Sub-County Directors of Education (SDEs) warned teachers of dire consequences should they fail to resume duty, in a meeting with school principals in the week that begun on Monday, September 21.

The SDEs warned the teachers that missing today’s deadline will be tantamount to absconding duty, which is punishable.

Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Nancy Macharia. /PEOPLE DAILY

“Teachers will not be allowed to ask for a day off, they must all report today and on subsequent days for the tasks directed by the Ministry of Education to run smoothly,” read a memo in part.

Previous showdowns have seen teachers being threatened with removal from payrolls for absconding duties through various means such as strikes and demonstrations.

The teachers had been directed to report back to their respective institutions to adequately prepare for schools reopening as the COVID-19 curve begins to flatten.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Secretary Dr Nancy Macharia asked Regional Directors, TSC County and Sub County Directors to coordinate, monitor and supervise preparation of schools exercise to ensure teachers prepare adequately for resumption of learning.

“All teachers are directed to take part in development of innovative strategies designed to offer psychological support to learners, parents and stakeholders,” stated Macharia.

Regarding official school reopening dates for students, Magoha clarified that the recommended reopening date from Monday, October 19 by stakeholders’ taskforce had not been cast on stone, thus not agreed yet.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will today lead a national COVID-19 conference, tipped to be a turning point in Kenya’s fight against the deadly pandemic.

“The conference is expected to chart a responsible path forward for Kenya as our nation establishes the new normal of adaptation to living with COVID-19 and outline a strategy for building and sustaining momentum with regard to recovery and resilience in a manner ensures Kenya bounces back better and stronger,” revealed Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua on Monday, September 21.

Kinyua added that the national conference will be followed by the 12th Presidential address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic.

“The address by the Head of State will unveil the containment measures that will guide Kenya into the new normal,” added Kinyua.

The address is expected to, among other issues, give a comprehensive guide for the academic calendar, which was suspended in March.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his 11th address to the nation on August 26, 2020. /FILE
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