Chaos persist in KNUT as school year begins amid wars with TSC
SEE ALSO :2,000 school heads moved in new changesThe disgruntled teacher said he would have wanted his union to intervene because some of his colleagues have been scheduled to undergo a compulsory training for the Competence Based Curriculum that runs from Thursday to Sunday. Ordinarily, teachers are entitled to take either Saturday or Sunday as a day of worship but that will not be possible with this hurried programme. The Saturday Standard has also established that since Knut did not hold its Annual Delegates conference last December as has been the tradition, the union was headed for more trouble ahead. The ADC, according to Knut’s constitution is the organ that among others things ratifies the budget, giving the executive office the mandate to spend money. “This means that even if TSC released union dues next month, the officials cannot spend it as they have no authority from the delegates. If they do a member can go to court and accuse them of flouting the Knut constitution," another teacher Peter Musa explained.
SEE ALSO :Unionist hits out at TSC over transfersFor the first time since Knut was registered on May 14, 1959 it is facing one of its toughest test yet because it failed to hold its annual conference. The only other time Knut was forced to pick a begging bowl was between 1960 and 1964 when it was operating from a garage in Ruiru and its Secretary General was only receiving half salary, donated by World Confederation of Organisations of the Teaching Profession. Unwilling to deduct In the period shortly before and after independence, the teaching profession was in turmoil but there was hope among the teachers that once TSC started deducting their union dues through a check off system, their union would be able to stand on its feet. This January, the union is on its lowest as its numbers have been whittled down drastically and will have to contend with an employer who is unwilling to deduct the membership monthly subscriptions from teachers.
SEE ALSO :Teachers: Arrest rogue parentsAccording to TSC records, Knut was only entitled to Sh82 million by November last year because its membership had fallen to 105,000. However, the union Secretary General, Wilson Sossion insists that his members are 180,000, and was therefore says that TSC was supposed to remit Sh143 million last December. A number of teachers we talked to said they were worried because their counterparts represented by Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet) had already started negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement once the current one expires in 2021. The teachers further expressed fears that some of the union assets purchased on loans risk being sold off as the branches could not service the bank loans. There are some 2,000 staff across the 110 Knut branches and another 70 at union head office. In the branches whose membership is less than 1,000, the executive derives his salary from Knut headquarters. The Knut constitution stipulate that 61 per cent of the cash paid out by members is disbursed to the branches while the rest is retained at the headquarters. Further, there has been also talk of plans to kick out some of the Knut national officials in ADC but sources indicated that all meetings have been scrapped up to August this year. [email protected]
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