Hundreds of Kenyan teachers sacked over sex abuse

More than 1,000 teachers have been sacked in Kenya for sexually abusing girls over the past two years, the authorities say.Senior government official Ahmed Hussein told the BBC that most of the victims were aged between 12 and 15.He said a nationwide confidential helpline set up to help victims had revealed that the problem was much more widespread than previously thought.Most of the cases have occurred in rural primary schools.Court convictions?

“Initially we were not able to know what was happening in the country because of the poor communication, but now communication is everywhere – there’s mobiles across the country,” Mr Hussein, from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, told the BBC’s Network Africa programme.Last year, 600 male teachers were dismissed and so far this year 550 teachers have lost their jobs for either kissing, touching or impregnating girls out a total teaching staff of 240,000 countrywide.”A number of them have been taken to court, and they have been sentenced accordingly,” Mr Hussein said – Bbc