Good job: EACC to its key education sector stakeholders

Good job: EACC to its key education sector stakeholders

01:06:2024: The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has commended its key stakeholders in the education sector; the Ministry of Education and the Teachers’ Service Commission for the sustained collaboration and support in the fight against corruption and promotion of ethics.

EACC, Commissioner John Ogallo said in his Keynote Address at the Integrity Club Patrons Conference in Nairobi, continues to conduct trainings for teachers who are nominated by schools and assigned to lead Integrity Clubs, adding that the Commission has so far trained 664 Integrity Club patrons, 56 of them being from Nairobi County.

From left: Dennis Miano, Lecturer, Institute of Criminology, Dedan Kimathi University; Dr. Emily Mworia, EACC Deputy Director, Education and Public Awareness; Commissioner John Ogallo; and Dr Norman Kiogora, Director KISE

The Integrity Club Patrons Conference hosted by EACC at Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) on Friday 31st May, 2024 brought together 40 patrons drawn from primary and secondary schools in Nairobi City County under the theme ‘Promoting Integrity Education through Integrity Club’. It was graced by officials from the Ministry of Education, and the Teachers Service Commission.

The objectives of the Conference included equipping participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes on ethics, integrity and anti-corruption; reviewing the activities of Integrity Club in institutions of learning with a view to revitalize the Integrity Clubs; providing an opportunity for experience-sharing and learning among the Integrity Club patrons; and strengthening stakeholder engagement in the fight against corruption.

While speaking at the Conference, the Deputy Director for Administration at the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), Mr. Ibrahim Rugut said that teachers are the key social influencers and transformers in the communities in which they live and work and, as such, when it comes to integrity issues, they are the mirrors in that whatever they do, the learners will be.

Integrity Club Patrons at the Conference held at Kenya Institute of Special Education in Nairobi

He urged teachers to be positive influencers that students will emulate and requested them to reward outstanding behavior. He further urged the teachers to change this country one student at a time, one pupil at a time.

In her remarks, Ms. Lydia Njoki Muchemi, the Director for Quality Assurance and Standards at the Ministry of Education implored the teachers to work hard in the clubs they have been given, emphasizing on good values and that God would bless their efforts.

Ms. Muchemi used the Kiswahili saying “Samaki mkunje angali mbichi” to appeal to the teachers to inculcate good values in their learners, adding that a stitch in time saved nine.

The trained Integrity Club patrons, Commissioner Ogallo said, are expected to guide the Club members to uphold values and engage in creative activities that seek to promote integrity among members of the school community and other external stakeholders.

He applauded the Ministry of Education for embedding the establishment of Integrity Clubs in the previous and the current Kenya Education Sector Strategic Plan (2023-2028), adding that the Commission looks forward to working jointly with them to ensure all institutions of learning establish Integrity Clubs.

Later on the same day, Commissioner Ogallo gave a keynote address to participants of the 14th Annual Leadership Gathering which was hosted by Africa Youth Leadership Kenya at Lukenya getaway in Athi-River and dedicated to empowering young leaders to drive significant change in their communities and beyond. .

Accompanied by Assistant Director of Partnerships and Coordination Ms Joyce Munene, Mr Ogalo urged the youth to uphold integrity, refine their leadership style and expand their influence because the future lies in their hands.

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