A high school teacher has been arrested after he was busted with one of his female students at his house in Makueni County.
Local residents from Kyase market inKathonzweni reported the incident Sub Location Assistant Chief Christopher Nthiwa after they saw the Kyase Secondary School teacher walk in and lock himself inside his house with the female student.
Nthiwa informed the police who immediately went to the house to arrest the suspect over fears he was sexually abusing the student.
“Officers who rushed to the scene found one Kevin Otieno Okumu a BOM [Board of Management] teacher at Kyase had locked himself in a house where he resides,” read part a police.
During the Monday evening drama, the teacher was compelled to open the door only to find the Form Four student under the bed naked.
Police claimed that they found the teacher also naked with a condom on and two other unused ones placed on his bed.
Under the bed, police also found two pairs of school uniform, colgate, toothbrush and two books belonging to the 22-year-old KCSE candidate.
The two were arrested and taken for medical examination at Kithuki Health Center.
In Kenya, the legal age of consent to sexual intercourse is 18 years. The girl is 22.
However, the Teachers Service Commission’s Administrative Circular No.3 of 2010 – Protection of Pupils/Students from Sexual Abuse, and the Teachers Code of Conduct and Ethics (the Code), especially regulations 66(2) bars teachers from such behaviours.
The TSC code bars teachers from engaging in any sexual activity whatsoever with a learner, regardless of whether the learner consents.
Teachers are also prohibited from seeking any sexual activity or favours from learners or flirting with them.
The code bars teachers from sending students into their houses or inducing or threatening or intimidating them in regard to their academic performance in exchange for sexual relationships.
Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim urged schools to thoroughly vet teachers employed by Boards of Management to ensure that they uphold the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.
“There are plenty of women out there who are looking for marriage partners. Teachers must stop targeting students,” said Maalim.