TSC, KNUT clash over union membership, transfers and promotions
SEE ALSO :Row rages over Sossion suspensionTSC and Knut agreed that teachers, even those in management and who are in the union, should be transferred according to the code of regulations. “The petitioner has carefully considered Knut’s demand and acceded to henceforth restrict the transfer of elected Knut branch officials within the geographical areas they are elected to serve provided that the said officers are not holding administrative positions in the teaching service,” TSC argued. Knut has 100 branches across the country with approximately 1,700 officials. Meanwhile, TSC maintained that it has the sole power to decide who and when to transfer. “We humbly submit that no constitutional commission, institution, organisation, state agency or body in Kenya has the constitutional and or legal mandate or authority to perform any teachers management function except for the petitioner,” TSC told Justice Ongaya.
SEE ALSO :Catholic Church supports new curriculumTSC in its petition wants Knut barred from meddling with transfers. At the same time, the commission argued that school heads, deputies and teachers in administrative positions earn huge salaries hence should not be unionisable. Super salary “As a part of the petitioner’s administrative structure functions at the school level, institutional administrators were concerted to special super salary scales. Accordingly, it is the petitioner’s humble submission that the institution administrators should not be in unions,” the court heard. TSC argued that teachers who are Knut officials should not be allowed to manage schools as it would amount to conflict of interest.
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