The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has issued a strong warning to teachers participating in matters of political parties. In a tease circular released on December 1, 2020 Commission Boss Dr. Nancy Macharia says any teacher or secretariat staff who is found guilty will be disciplined accordingly.
Here are the contents of the circular;
RESTRICTION OF EMPLOYEES OF THE TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION FROM PARTICIPATING AND/OR ENGAGING IN ACTIVITIES AND AFFAIRS OF POLITICAL PARTIES
The above captioned matter refers.
The Commission is in receipt of a Circular, Ref: EACC.7/10/4 VOL.VII (61) dated 1/10/2020, amplifying the above provisions of the law.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 77(2) of the Constitution of Kenya as read together with section 23 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012; section 12 of the Political Parties Act, 2011; and regulation 187 of the Code of Regulation for Teachers, Clause 166 of the Human Resource Policies & Procedure Manual for Secretariat Staff, public officers are prohibited from holding office and/or actively engaging in political activities.
Accordingly, this is to remind all employees of the Commission of the explicit positions of the law prohibiting them from taking part in any active political engagements while still in service of the Commission; and further requiring them to refrain from:
- holding office in a political party;
- engaging in a political activity that may compromise or be seen to
- compromise the political neutrality the office they hold;
- publicly indicating support for or opposition to any political party or candidate in an election; and engaging in activities of any political party or candidate, or act as an agent of a political party or candidate in an election.In congruence with the spirit of national values and good governance under the Constitution which includes impartiality and political neutrality, it is vital for all employees of the Commission to adhere to strict observance of the law in respect hereof by abstaining from taking part in political engagements.
In this regard, all employees of the Commission are directed to shun partisan political activities while in active public service.
The Commission further brings to your attention that any of its employees who currently holds and/or engages in political activities is in violation of the law and is liable to disciplinary action. This is therefore to advice such an employee to immediately resign from such office.
Further, any breach of the directions of this Circular shall result in disciplinary action.
All County Directors are hereby directed to bring the contents of this Circular to the attention of ALL the officers and teachers serving under them. Likewise, all Institutional Heads are equally directed to bring the contents of this Circular to ALL teachers and to post the same on school/staffroom notice boards for ease of reference by teachers.
Employees of the Commission may also access this Circular from TSC official