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Morning Brief: Today's Education News Making The Headlines, 6th of October

What you should know: Dennis Otieno, a high school teacher, from one of Nairobi’s renowned schools, has been arraigned at a Kibera court for trying to seduce a 15-year-old girl, Deputy President William Ruto urges teachers to mould learners on national integration, Sammy Kipchumba of Kapsabet Boys’ High School, Flora Mulatya of Kenya High School, John Kuria of Mang’u High school among the 31 teachers feted for exemplary performance in 2020 by the Teachers Service Commission during the World Teachers’ Day celebrations held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) headquarters.

1. DP Ruto urges teachers to mould learners on National integration

Speaking during the launch of school buses in South Mugirango constituency in Kisii county, Deputy President William Ruto requested teachers to instil in their learner’s education that emphasizes National integration. He said that peace provides a conducive environment for studies.

For greater socioeconomic prosperity for our country, Ruto asked teachers to ride above ethnicities and embrace national values.

He encouraged students to put more effort into their books as this would enable them to get quality grades and, in turn, get good jobs that will enable them to fight the ills in society.

“I ask the students to live peacefully with their teachers and the public because peace is the main pillar for preventing social conflicts,” advised William Ruto.

2. Teacher denies indecently touching student, 15

Dennis Otieno, a high school teacher, from one of Nairobi’s renowned schools, has been arraigned at a Kibera court for trying to seduce a 15-year-old girl, indecently touching and kissing her forcibly.

Going by the court documents seen by a renowned local news correspondence, Otieno who is accused of taking advantage of his position as a teacher to seduce the student, committed the offence between July 31 last year and September 6 this year in Dagoretti subcounty, Nairobi county.

According to the report, the student in question, out of concern, sent the teacher a message via WhatsApp after she noted that her Kiswahili teacher Otieno came to class anxious and bitter.

The teacher allegedly took advantage of the text and first complimented the student on how she had donned her uniform before complaining to her how he was unhappy at the way she was relating to other male teachers.

Retrieved on Otieno’s phone was a text message sent to the girl assuring her that he loved her and was obsessed with her. The girl had deleted the message on her side.

It is said that the two were in secret communications until one day that he managed to convince her to follow him to the office where he locked the door, grabbed the student and pinned her against the door, kissed and touched her inappropriately before another student could knock the door and interrupted them.

As frightened as she was, the girl asked her fellow student to take her back to class, where she later explained what had happened to her. 

The accused was dismissed from the school, later arrested and brought before Kibera court senior principal magistrate Philip Mutua, who granted him a bond of Sh100,000 or alternative cash bail of Sh50,000 after he denied the charges.

Otieno’s case is pending hearing and determination later this month.

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