A school in Kakamega has terminated the services of a young female teacher for allegedly dressing indecently.
St Marys Mumias Girls high school principal Mrs Kwendo Rosemary in a letter dated June 12, 2018 informed the teacher that her services were no longer needed at the institution. Mrs Kwendo cited the teacher’s failure to uphold professional standards required by both the service and the school.
The letter states that Ms Beverly Ngashira who has been attached to the school by the University of Eldoret on teaching teaching practise since early May violated the code of regulations and ethics for teachers.
“You defied lawful authority in regards to your scanty manner of dressing. You did not conduct yourself in a manner that befits a responsible and professional teacher.” the letter reads in part.
The principal asked Ms Ngashira to hand over the institution’s records and property immediately, a move that has elicited mixed reactions from netizen after concerned Kenyans shared it with it to the public.
When Kenyans.co.ke contacted the school for a comment on Thursday, a member of staff at the school informed us that the principal was held up in a meeting and could not respond at that time.
We also established that the University of Eldoret had contacted the school to intervene on the matter given it would affect the trainee’s coursework schedule for the lecturers’ strike afflicted academic year.
Further attempts to obtain comments from the principal were unsuccessful as the attendant kept asking our team to hold on until she could contact us to help establish the circumstances under which the decision was made.
“Right now the school principal is in a meeting. Since she is also sitting in as the secretary to the board, it is not possible to get her to comment on this matter but you will be contacted once she is done,” said the staff, declining to be named for not being authorised to speak to the media.
We could not immediately find Ms Ngashira as we sought to obtain her reaction on the school’s decision that meant she will be forced to find a place to undertake the training.
According to the demands set by the University of Eldoret, completion of the training program is mandatory for one to graduate as a teacher. For Beverly, her clearance for graduation now hangs in the balance following her removal from the school.
A copy of the Code of Conduct and Ethics teachers for teachers seen by Kenyans.co.ke requires professionals to ensure that they maintain decent dressing that befits the dignity and image of the service. The guidelines also require teachers to ensure their appearance at work is not offensive to other teachers and that they do not offend those they serve whether the teacher is officially on duty or not.