Teachers sexually abusing pupils will not be defended – KNUT Busia
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Busia Executive secretary Mark Oseno. He has warned teachers against involving themselves in sexual affairs with pupils.[PHOTO | Frankline Bwire]
Kenya National Union of Teachers Busia branch has warned that it will not defend teachers found guilty of sexually harassing pupils in schools.
The branch executive secretary Mark Oseno said it was immoral and very erroneous for teachers to have affairs with children that they teach.
“It is in the code of regulation being a discipline aspect that cannot be defended by the union. The education stakeholders, teachers and learners should shun such acts to ensure education standards are improved,” said Oseno in Busia, while speaking to West FM.
He was reacting to allegations of escalating sexual harassment to pupils in Bunyala district, where a female teacher at Budalang’i primary school was alleged to have seduced three male pupils for sexual affairs.
“We are not going to rush with issues, especially allegations based on differences between a teacher and the other to thrash ones profession without any evidence,” said the executive secretary, adding that despite the allegations eliciting mixed reactions in Budalang’i constituency, they are calling on the relevant department to investigate the issue.
He however, took issue with the government over the delayed release of the free education funds, saying some head teachers in some schools have started being harassed by suppliers of various commodities over their dues.
“It is two weeks since the government said it was releasing the funds, but nothing has yet been received making it difficult for managers of schools to implement various programmes,” said the Knut official.
He challenged the ministry of education led by the Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo to address the issue in a matter of urgency by ensuring the funds are disbursed to avoid interrupting the learning process.
He however, maintained that as teachers from Busia County they will unite with others in the country to demonstrate over the delayed funds if at all the national office will give them a go ahead.