Teacher Sets Himself On Fire For Being Dismissed By TSC
After receiving a dismissal letter from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for alleged indiscipline, a primary school teacher set himself on fire.
The teacher from Bungoma County’s Webuye East Constituency is said to have set himself on fire on Thursday, December 16, in response to interdiction by his employer.
The teacher is currently being treated for serious injuries at a nearby hospital after colleagues prevented him from committing suicide.
Webuye East Assistant Commissioner Peter Yego confirmed the incident, noting that the teacher also attempted to take the lives of his colleagues.
“The teacher arrived in school around 7:40 am and gained entry through the backdoor,” the school watchman noted.
“He started conversion with a fellow teacher and informed him that he wanted to see the headteacher. Shortly after, he locked the door to the headteacher and deputy’s offices and barricaded himself on the verandah leading to the staffroom.”
The teacher is said to have poured petroleum through a small opening in the door leading into the headteacher and deputy’s offices before setting fire to the office.
When the targeted teachers became aware of the incident, they fled for safety through the staffroom windows.
The teacher, who is facing disciplinary action and is still recovering from injuries, is scheduled to be arraigned once fully recovered.
The teacher will face charges ranging from defilement to attempted murder, suicide, and destruction of public property, according to the police chief.
This comes as education stakeholders prepare to implement new methods of dealing with cases of indiscipline among both students and teachers.
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A number of stakeholders, including Education Cabinet Secretary George Albert Omore Magoha, have advocated for the use of corporal punishment.
His Interior counterpart, Fred Matiang’i, agreed with him. Stakeholders are considering introducing new training manuals for teachers to help them teach and inspire students at the same time.