The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plans to roll out wealth declaration exercise for teachers this month of November 2023.
The exercise which will be done online will run till 31st December 2023. The Commission is yet to activate the online platform to allow teachers declare their income, assets and liabilities.
According to Section 26 and 27 of the Public Officer Ethics Act (POEA) all Public Officers are required to declare their Income, Assets and Liabilities (IALs) every two years.
“Any teacher employed by the Commission who fails to submit the declaration or gives false or misleading information will be liable to a fine of Kshs 1,000,000 or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding one year or both upon conviction,” TSC sais in a circular 12/2021.
In February 2022, the Commission threatened to withhold salaries of teachers who failed to declare their wealth in by December 2021.
The Commission released a list in January that was issued to Sub County Directors, requiring the listed teachers to respond within a week why they failed to declare their wealth as was required.
TSC CEO Nnacy Macharia had warned in a circular that teachers will be subjected to administrative disciplinary action as per the TSC Administrative Procedures on DIALs (Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities) if they fail to declare their wealth.
She said all teachers employed by TSC must declare Income, Assets & Liabilities. These include teachers on:
• Leave of whatever nature
• Authorized absence of duty
Macharia said teachers who have been in employment for a period of less than two years should submit their Initial declarations because the system is customized to facilitate this.
She ordered Heads of Institutions to monitor the declaration progress in their respective institutions and report on non-Compliance by 31st December.
Kindly note that this exercise is purely an online process, the Commission will not accept any physical (hard copy) form as a confirmation of wealth declaration.