The group says that the leadership of the Kenya National Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is made up of politicians and retirees, while that of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) is compromised.
Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group spokeswoman Martha Omollo said officials from Kuppet and Knut had failed to protect members from the “punitive” Teacher Professional Development (TPD), a program that forces a tutor to do himself every year from Sh6,000 for refresher courses.
The group says the Kuppet and Knut leadership signed a non-monetary collective agreement with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) against the members’ wishes.
“We are calling for the immediate resignation of non-teacher leaders in Kuppet such as Mr. Omboko Milemba, the MP from Emuhaya, Mr. Ronald Tonui, the MP from Bomet Central, and Ms. Catherine Wambilyanga, the representative of Bungoma women, as they are none L. There are more, “said Ms. Omollo on Monday.
The group also wants Kuppet General Secretary Ake lo Misori, Treasurer Wicks Mwethi Njenga and Deputy General Secretary Moses Nthurima to resign” because they are retired “.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr Misori said at 58 that he has not yet reached retirement age.
He added that the Kuppet Constitution allows union leaders to be in office until the age of 65 and said no leader has reached that age , allows union leaders to be politicians and serve the union, ”said Misori, who announced his candidacy for the governorship of Homa Bay.
The teachers’ advocacy group wants the new Knut officials to join General Secretary Collins Oyuu resign and accuse her of violating the Constitution.
“The Knu t constitution says the union represents every teacher except the new leaders signed the agreement stating that they only represent elementary school teachers, “said Ms. Omollo.
She was led by Mr. David Mwembei and Mr. Timot . accompanies hy Nderitu, Ms. Betty Koech and Salvin Munene, all members of the group.
They said the teachers are tired of being separated and should be allowed to join the clubs of their choice.
“Unions should be teachers for all. The contract signed by Knut should be revoked as the teachers were never consulted, “they said.
Tactics on Division and Rule
The group wants to be able to register a union if the Knut and Kuppet’s leadership refuses to step down.
The Kenyan National Teachers Pressure Group said Knut and Kuppet members are tired of sharing and governing TSC tactics.
Ms. Omollo and her group said that the teachers were never involved in the development of the TPD, but the unions failed to convey the members’ frustration to the TSC.
“The teachers , especially those on the TSC payroll, have chosen not to honor the TPD until and unless they are directly involved in developing the program and modules, “she said.
The group added that refresher courses taking into account the dynamics in education and work structure should be rt. especially if the TPD is to be used for promotions and professional development.
“As far as we support Section 35 (2) and (b) of the TSC Act (2012). During World Teachers Day on Tuesday, Mr. Oyuu urged tutors to have confidence in their unions.
Interest of members
“At TPD we ask teachers to ignore propaganda and wait to get the correct information from the employer, “said Mr Oyuu.
General Secretary von Knut added that the union hopes the CBA will be reviewed in a year’s time.
He said the Knut leadership fights for teachers and cares about the interests of its members.
Ms. Omollo’s group called on the National Assembly and the Senate to consider changing the TSC law to to separate the roles of the commission as employer and regulator.
The Kenyan National Teachers Pressure Group added that tutors suffer when the commission plays both roles.
Another group has joined the registration process started by the National Education Union of Kenya.
TSC- Managing Director Nancy Macharia said the implementation of the TPD will continue as planned.