By JINA AMBA
TEACHERS who help students cheat during national examinations are no better than criminals and the Education Department will have nothing to do with them, says Education Minister Jimmy Uguro.
He was responding to a report in The National yesterday on the sacking of nine teachers and the disciplining of three others including the headmaster of a school in Western Highlands for allegedly helping students cheat during the 2019 Grade 10 national examinations.
The students had to repeat Grade 10 last year because of what happened.
Education officials carried out their investigations last year.
Uguro said cheating during examinations could only be done by lazy teachers and students.
He said such corrupt practices could affect hard working students who studied hard to get top grades and secure places in higher education institutions.
“It is unfair on the hard working students and schools who try their best to perform well,” Uguro said.
He said the Teachers Service Commission had the power to deal with such teachers and discipline those promoting corrupt and unprofessional practices in the education system.
He warned teachers around the country that anyone caught committing such malpractices that they would face disciplinary action.
TSC chairman Samson Wangihomie also condemned what the teachers had done.
He said the reports of what the teachers did had been forwarded to the commission which they were looking into them.
He pointed out that the 12 teachers in Western Highlands could challenge the disciplinary actions taken out against them.
But if the Teachers Service Commission was not satisfied with their explanation, they would have to leave the department.
By JINA AMBA