In a dramatic turn of events, police officers used tear gas to disperse protesting teachers who had gathered to demonstrate against the Teachers Service Commission’s (TSC) decision to interdict them.
According to reports, teachers had been duped into signing letters of transfer from North Eastern where they had complained of insecurity in the region.
However, their expectations were shattered when they were handed interdiction letters instead of the anticipated transfer letters.
Feeling deceived and aggrieved, the teachers rallied and marched to Upperhill in Nairobi, protesting the sudden termination of their employment.
Reports indicate that one teacher has been injured during a confrontation with the police.
The injured police officer has been rushed to hospital while 10 interdicted officers have been arrested.
This comes after the affected teachers who accuse the TSC of overstepping its mandate had said that they will camp outside the commission’s headquarters this week while petitioning parliament to intervene.
Earlier reports indicated that;
Several teachers, including Geoffrey Kipng’eno Lelon from Kericho County, found themselves at the center of a controversial decision made by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
These educators, stationed in Mandera County, were unable to return to work due to concerns over insecurity. As a result, they were interdicted by the Commission, sparking widespread criticism.
Lelon expressed the challenges they face, stating, “We pay police reservists Ksh. 1500 just to be protected. Traveling by road for 1,100kms is risky, and air transport at Ksh. 12,000 is unaffordable.”
Letters received by the affected teachers, as seen by Citizen TV, accused them of deserting their duties, citing specific schools and dates. Despite their claims of insecurity and efforts to request transfers, they were served with interdiction letters instead.
In response, the affected teachers, in search of solidarity, voiced their frustration. One teacher, Joseph, revealed how the situation escalated: “I was asked to compile a list of those who hadn’t returned. To my surprise, the transfers turned into interdictions. We are agitated and confused.”