TSC on the target over alleged discrimination of Muslim teachers
TSC on the target over alleged discrimination of Muslim teachers. The Teachers Service Commission has been accused of discrimination by the Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council (KEMNAC) for failing to hire enough Muslim teachers who are expected to teach Islamic Religious Education (IRE) during recruitment exercises.
The Council National Chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao highlighted during the Eid al Adha celebrations on Wednesday that TSC might hire 10 Christian Religious Education (CRE) teachers during recruitment efforts but only ends up hiring 5 Muslim teachers for IRE.
But this call is not a recent one. Dr. Khamis Mwamburi, a don at Umma University, made the same comment in 2021 during a media interview with a local outlet.
The don stated that there are more than 200 unemployed Muslim teachers in the entire nation, dispelling the myth that there are not enough qualified Muslims to teach IRE.
“I’m urging interested parties to raise the matter with TSC to make sure that teachers are hired fairly and justly. Although there are many jobless IRE teachers, this situation needs to be resolved immediately to prevent our students from being compelled to learn CRE, he stated.
In addition, Dr. Mwamburi bemoaned the fact that many BoMs of public schools with sizable Muslim student populations are compelled to hire IRE teachers while TSC employs CRE teachers.
“IRE tutors are the subject of deliberate discrimination, and despite numerous complaints, TSC has yet to address this issue.” He spoke.