“The district administrators and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) are authorised under the District Development Authority (DDA) Act and the Teaching Service Act (TSA) to charge and suspend teachers who commit offences,” said principal legal adviser Joel Nava.
“Under the DDA Act, a district administrator may receive, investigate and charge as well as suspend a teacher teaching within the district that the administrator serves,” Mr Nava said.
“The charging and suspensions must be executed within the TSA.
“After charging or suspending the teacher, the district administrator is required to serve all the necessary copies of the charging documents including any investigation reports to the chairman of the provincial education board.
“Similarly, the commission in 2009 delegated its powers to charge teachers, to the inspectors of elementary, primary, vocational, and secondary or high schools, TSC legal officers, the first assistant secretaries of the Department of Education, nominees of the church education agencies and the nominees of the PEBs.
“Members of the public, community, parents, and students, who become aware of serious disciplinary offences, are required to report any wrong doings of teachers to these officers,” Mr Nava said.
“Church agencies and provincial education boards that are yet to nominate their own charging officers are required to nominate.
“They may nominate who they want to become charging officers for the TSC. Any offences including criminal offences such as rape, sexual relations between teachers and students, adultery involving teachers must be reported with tougher measures taken. These are serious offences. “This also includes drunkenness within school premises, corporal punishments by teachers, absenteeism by teachers, use of obscene language by teachers, misappropriation of school funds by headmasters, damage to school properties and others that must be reported to the authorised persons.”