MIGORI county leaders have criticised the Teachers Service Commission over the sacking of five teachers in the county. The five, teaches of St Joseph's Rapogi Secondary School in Uriri district, were sacked for caning students. Attempts to have them reinstated have failed.
Migori Governor Okoth Obado said the sacking amounts to sabotaging the school's academic performance. Obado said the sacking was done hurriedly without due process of verifying facts and that the teachers were not given a chance to defend themselves.
"Officials who were in charge of the case acted with intentions of committing academic sabotage to the school," Obado said. He termed the sacking as "a very gross misconduct and a disservice caused to the county."
Obado assured sacked teachers that the county government will ensure the case is repealed and the TSC county director John Odongo is taken to task to explain the circumstances under which the teachers were sacked.
North Kanyamkago Member of the County Assembly George Omamba said the commission's conduct on the case of the five teachers was not regular and that it was misinformed. "The commission should have ensured the gap created by the teachers' sacking was well bridged immediately instead of creating a gap to affect academic standards," Omamba said.
"If the officer claims that he followed the constitution, then why would he use the same constitution to replace the teachers immediately?" he posed.
Thomas Kogola, the school principal said they had reconciliation between staff, stakeholders and staff which was organised by education office and tension has already subsided.
About two months ago, five teachers from the school were interdicted after they allegedly administered a corporal punishment to a student. The action came after the Government banned corporal punishment on learners few years ago following legislation of the policy.