The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has warned its employees of dire consequence should they engage or participate in activities and affairs of political parties.
In a circular labelled ‘CIRCULAR NO: 1 4/2020’ seen by Teachers Updates released on December 1, 2020, TSC boss Dr Nancy Njeri Macharia wrote to all TSC directors, regional directors, County Directors, Sub County Directors, principals, headteachers and commission employees reminding them of law provision that prohibits them from engaging inactive politics.
“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.” Read part of the statement.
All employees of the Commission are therefore reminded 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:
(1) holding office in a political party;
(2) engaging in a political activity that may compromise or be seen to compromise the political neutrality of the office they hold;
(3) publicly indicating support for or opposition to any political party or candidate in an election; and
(4) 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, the Commission says it is vital for all its employees 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 hold and/or engages in political activities are 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.” Said the Commission’s CEO Dr Macharia.
“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.” Concluded part of the circular.