Knut now withdraws teachers' court case

Secretary General Wilson Sossion (right) with Union's Chairman Wycliffe Omuchayi in their Knut Mfangano Street offices in Nairobi. [Standard]

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has withdrawn a case challenging the interdiction of 221 teachers for missing competency-based curriculum training.

The union yesterday wrote to the Labour court seeking to withdraw the case challenging its members' interdiction by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The teachers' fate now lies with the TSC disciplinary processes.

“Take notice that the applicant (Knut) hereby wholly withdraws the above noted matter with no orders as to costs,” the statement read.

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Cracks had started to emerge in the case after 15 teachers filed an application seeking to be expunged from it on account that they were not consulted or notified before it was filed.

The teachers said they would wait for TSC's disciplinary process, claiming the case filed by their union would prolong their agony in court.

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This came even as it emerged that teachers who missed the training had not been paid for two months now.

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“The teachers are apprehensive that the said Judicial Review proceedings and or determination may take long and go beyond December 2019, and hence prolonging their financial suffering,” they argued.

Benard Omondi Ngesa filed an affidavit to support the application to have the teachers' names expunged from the case, saying he did not authorise his name to be included in the list.

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“I was not contacted, neither did I give consent to be included on the list of teachers on whose behalf Knut moved to court. That interdiction was without salary, and since this was my only source of livelihood, I and my family are now really suffering,” stated Mr Omondi.

“I believe the TSC internal disciplinary process will be faster," he said.

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