The adjudication process of teachers' professional misconduct in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
The attrition of teachers from the profession due to disciplinary matters has profound effects on the overall demand for teachers for delivery of quality education. The purpose of this study was to find out whether the processes and institutions used in adjudicating teachers' professional misconduct are just and fair. The results were derived from Dar es Salaam and Coast region, and involved 81 respondents from Kinondoni, Temeke, Kibaha and Bagamoyo districts. The respondents included Teacher Service Department officials, District Education Officers, Tanzania Teachers' Union (TTU) official, Head Teachers, and accused teachers. Questionnaires, interviews and documentary reviews were employed. The study examined the extent to which the adjudication process of teachers' misconduct is just and fair. The findings indicated that the dominant misconduct is absenteeism and many teachers are dismissed from service without defending themselves. However, the Public Service Commission is implicated in the failure of teachers to attend the sessions. There are loopholes in the laws and regulations guiding the adjudication process. It is recommended that the adjudicating machinery should act fairly. The findings suggest also that the Public Service Commission should facilitate the attendance of the accused teachers and ensure that funds for conducting the disciplinary proceedings are available in time to avoid delay of cases. Finally, it is recommended that law makers should eliminate loopholes in the law and regulations guiding the adjudication process.
: Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF LB3011.5.M44)
Teachers, Misconduct of office, Discipline, Tanzania
Meiludie, J. E. O. (2010). The adjudication process of teachers' professional misconduct in Tanzania, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.