TSC Audit Reveals Presence of ‘Ghost Teachers’ on Payroll

Education CS Prof George Magoha

KNUT and KUPPET dismissed the claims about the presence of ghost teachers” accusing TSC of dangling a “red herring” to block the hiring of new teachers to man the new CBC curriculum

By The Weekly Vision Online

An audit report commissioned by Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has released a report claiming that up to 5,500 “ghost” teachers are on the payroll, earning salaries, overtime, and pension. The audit commissioned by the TSC in October 2021, and seen by multiple sources allude to a conspiracy involving senior officials at the Ministry of Education, school heads and members of the giant Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).

But top officials of KNUT and KUPPET dismissed the claims about the presence of ghost teachers” accusing TSC of dangling a “red herring” to block the hiring of new teachers to man the new CBC curriculum. KNUT also hit out at Education CS Prof George Magoha of chest-thumping about building new classrooms for CBC learners without considering the manpower that must automatically be increased to handle new learners.

The Union of Kenya Civil Servants Secretary-General Tom Mboya Odege however says there are currently no “ghosts” on the payroll. Mr Odege says both higher cadre civil servants, mid-level and support staff undergo regular audits and that claims of ‘ghosts” earning pay were unfounded. TSC however insists that it was moving to ‘clean up its payroll” and purge “ghosts” earning huge sums of money for no work done.

Last year ousted Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko claimed that there were 500 “ghost pupils” who receive bursaries ‘enrolled’ in schools within Nairobi. The flamboyant ex-governor accused a cartel at the city hall of fighting him for having exposed the rot that was draining millions of shillings from public coffers into individuals’ pockets. 

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