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Hundreds of Kenyan teachers sacked over sex abuse.

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Babylon, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Babylon

    Babylon JF-Expert Member

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    Hundreds of Kenyan teachers sacked over sex abuse


    Most cases of abuse reported have occurred in rural schools

    More than 1,000 teachers have been sacked in Kenya for sexually abusing girls over the past two years, the authorities say.

    Senior government official Ahmed Hussein told the BBC that most of the victims were aged between 12 and 15.

    He said a nationwide confidential helpline set up to help victims had revealed that the problem was much more widespread than previously thought.Most of the cases have occurred in rural primary schools.

    Court convictions?

    Initially we were not able to know what was happening in the country because of the poor communication, but now communication is everywhere - there's mobiles across the country," Mr Hussein, from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

    Last year, 600 male teachers were dismissed and so far this year 550 teachers have lost their jobs for either kissing, touching or impregnating girls out a total teaching staff of 240,000 countrywide.

    "A number of them have been taken to court, and they have been sentenced accordingly," Mr Hussein said.
    Brian Weke, programme director for the Cradle, a child rights foundation in Kenya, agreed the problem was widespread.

    He gave an example of a case in Nyanza province last year: "I found that in one primary school we had over 20 girls who were pregnant and nearly half the number were actually impregnated by the teachers themselves."

    However, he said the officials investigating the abuse were not passing on vital information to get convictions.

    "Our biggest problem is the fact that the district education officers - they do not report the matters to the police," Mr Weke told the BBC.

    The BBC's Will Ross in the capital, Nairobi, says often teachers who are caught defiling their students end up paying the parents in order to prevent cases going to court.

    Jane Thuo, a former teacher now with the Association of Media Women in Kenya, says female teachers are also starting to have illicit liaison with young boys.

    "We see young men having affairs with older women and it is being replicated at school," she told the BBC.
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  2. boma2000

    boma2000 JF-Expert Member

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    Shame upon those teachers involved and those who still have the same attitude
  3. Nyaralego

    Nyaralego JF-Expert Member

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    Get rid of those paedophiliac teachers and employ new ones . Too many people without jobs and the ones who have been given the resposibilty of moulding young minds are the very same ones corrupting them. NKKTTEST

    This days It's dangerous to be a kid, and not just girl the child but the boy child as well.
  4. R

    Rodelite JF-Expert Member

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    Other African countries need to follow this example, It is a known problem in Africa.
    Kudos to Kenya.