TSC to sensitize learners on sexual abuse

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The  Teachers  Service  Commission (TSC) has rolled out a sensitisation programme on sexual abuse for learners in schools to keep them  safe from teachers who may abuse them.

The  TSC  Chairperson, Lydia Nzomo  said the sensitisation seeks to create awareness among learners on their rights as children and protect  themselves  from sexual abuse.

Ms. Nzomo  said  the awareness will also empower the learners to speak out and report cases of abuse perpetrated by their tutors without fear.

Speaking  at  the TSC  Makueni  County  Director’s  office when she paid a courtesy visit, the chair said that the programme is currently being  implemented  through beacon  teachers  who sensitise  the learners.

She  however, noted  that the number of the beacon teachers was low but disclosed that plans are underway to up scale the number.

“The  measure  seeks  to proactively help prevent child sexual abuse by educating the leaners on how to protect themselves,” said Nzomo.

The  Chairperson  said  the commission is also conducting a similar sensitisation for teachers especially the newly recruited ones.

“The  teachers  particularly  the recruits are weaned off from university and colleges and sensitised on the need to protect children,” she said.

Ms. Nzomo  said  that TSC had also developed a code of conduct and ethics and code of regulations to guide teachers on how to behave towards  learners.

By  Roselyne  Kavoo

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