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TSC interdicts principal, deputy over sex abuse at girls’ school

By Nation

Teachers Service Commission has interdicted Njoro High School the principal and her deputy after one of the teachers at the institution was charged with sexually molesting six students.

The Principal, Ms Milka Wanderi and her deputy Ms Esther Mbugua were served with interdiction letters Friday for “negligence of duty and failing to take action where six of their students were allegedly sexually molested.”

Ms Wanderi has however defended herself saying she was not aware that the girls were being sexually harassed.

Mr Paul Gicheru, a teacher at Njoro Girls High School who was charged with sexually molesting six girls. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Paul Gicheru, a teacher at Njoro Girls High School who was charged with sexually molesting six girls. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In a video clip seen by the Nation, Ms Wanderi is seen addressing the female students telling them that they should have reported immediately they were harassed by the teacher.

“I wish you also told us early, honestly, I learnt about this yesterday, we don’t solve things over night… go to class,” Ms Wanderi is seen telling the students who then break down into tears and insist the head teacher was aware of the harassment.
The school has since been closed after student held demonstrations over the incident.

Speaking to Nation by phone, TSC chairperson Dr Lydia Nzomo said the teaching certificate of the teacher will be cancelled if he is convicted of the offences.

“The teacher can also not be employed in a private school, because once we cancel the certificate, the teacher is not allowed to practice,” said Dr Nzomo.

TSC County Director of Education in Nakuru County Kitheka Agnetta said a Form Two student reported to the deputy headteacher after she was sexually abused by the teacher.

The deputy principal is said to have “guided, counselled and at the same time scolded the student for having a relationship with a teacher who is the age of her father.”

“The fact that she did not report to the head teacher, who would have then escalated to the TSC makes her negligent,” said Ms Matheka.

In June, TSC revoked the teaching certificates of 126 teachers among them two female teachers for engaging in sexual relationships with students.

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