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Alarming Rise in Betting Addiction Among Teachers Sparks Concern with suicide cases on the rise

Nairobi – A troubling trend has emerged within education sector, as multiple studies reveal a growing addiction to betting among teachers. The phenomenon, which has seen some educators fall victim to betting scams and even tragically resort to suicide, is raising alarms across the country.

Recent investigations by TCD DIGITAL indicate that a significant number of teachers are dedicating substantial amounts of time to online betting platforms, often during school hours. This addiction not only affects their personal lives but also impacts the quality of education they provide.

Students have reported that their teachers are frequently preoccupied with their phones, chasing betting opportunities rather than focusing on classroom instruction.

One study highlights that the allure of quick money through betting has enticed many teachers, who are often struggling with financial pressures. Unfortunately, the reality for many has been devastating losses rather than gains. The situation has led to cases of severe depression and, in some instances, suicide among teachers who find themselves trapped in a cycle of debt and despair.

Education stakeholders are increasingly concerned about the implications of this trend. John Kamau, a concerned parent, expressed his worries, saying, “Our children’s education is suffering because their teachers are not fully present. The government and school administrations need to address this issue urgently.”

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Experts suggest that the root of the problem lies in the pervasive advertising and easy accessibility of betting platforms, coupled with insufficient financial literacy among teachers.

Dr. Njeri, a psychologist specializing in addiction, explains, “Betting provides a false sense of hope and control, which can be very addictive. Without proper financial education and support systems, teachers are particularly vulnerable.”

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is yet to issue directive to mitigate the impact.Additionally, there are calls for stricter regulations on betting companies and their advertising practices.

Advocacy groups are urging the government to implement more robust measures to protect vulnerable populations from the predatory tactics of these companies.

In the meantime, schools are encouraged to foster open discussions about the dangers of betting and to support teachers struggling with addiction. As this issue continues to unfold, it is clear that a multifaceted approach will be necessary to address the crisis and safeguard the future of Kenya’s education system.


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