Auditor general Nancy Gathungu.
The teachers service commission is constitutionally mandated to register, hire, promote and exercise disciplinary control over teachers.
The commission has been put on the spot for overpaying a section of its staff even as the shortage of teachers continues to bite.
Latest public audit covering the period to June 202, the irregular payment is suspected to have drained some KSH 3 billion.
The commission is accused of giving irrecoverable salary advances to members of the teaching staff.
"However, the repayment period for recovery of the outstanding amounts is beyond the retirement age of the respective teachers. The recoverability of the balance is therefore doubtful." Read section of the report.
In one incident, a teacher has an overpayment of KSH 4.8 million, an amount that was being recovered at KSH 9,056.
To fully pay back the money it will require 44 years which is an almost impossible period to be in service.
This points to a case of collision between some teachers and rogue teachers service commission officials.
Moreso, the commission stands accused of not remitting KSH 2.2 million to KRA from 5000 teachers who are now considered tax noncompliant.
This is happening at a time when teacher shortage stands at over 100,000 in both primary and secondary schools.
Its also happening at a time when Teachers are agitating for improved salaries to cushion them against inflation.
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