Teachers who will be selected by the electoral commission to officiate in the presidential elections must obtain prior written permission, their employer has said.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in a circular dated September 7 and addressed to school heads and directors of educations said the written permission will be issued by county directors.
The directive is a big blow to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which has traditionally relied on teachers as presiding and deputy presiding officers during the General Election.
The October 17 repeat elections will be done while schools are in session and TSC move is aimed at ensuring smooth learning.
“Teachers should be non-partisan and are further required to shun any acts that could lead to cases of real or perceived conflict of interest in performance of their work,” said TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia.
Mrs Macharia also directed institutional administrators to ensure learning is not disrupted in any way.
“Accordingly, teachers should be adequately supervised during the electioneering period. In particular, they will be required to remain at their work station throughout,” she said in the circular.
Mrs Macharia also directed school heads to ensure safety of learners and property where the institutions are used as polling or tallying centres.
This term, which is the shortest, will see students sit for their national examinations.
Practicals for some of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination subjects will start as early as October 23.