Teachers Annoyed With KUPPET’s Move To Deduct ksh 200 Monthly Towards BBF
The sudden move by KUPPET to make compulsory a deduction of ksh 200/- for all its members towards burial benevolent fund (BBF) has faced opposition from a section of the members. The section of teachers opposed to the move have termed it as a ‘forced deduction’ into their already overburdened payslips.
BBF is a form of contribution scheme where members remit some amount of money, depending on the welfare, to cater for their burial expenses and that of their dependants upon death.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) for instance deducts ksh. 200 from its BBF members monthly through a check off system.
The decision leading to deduction of ksh 200 towards BBF up from ksh 100 was made in June 2021 by the Kuppet National Governing Council. This upward revision of BBF deduction has become a bone of contention between Kuppet officials and Kuppet members.
Kuppet members have been voluntarily contributing kshs 100 monthly into their BBF kitty. However, Kuppet National Governing Council in June resolved that it will be compulsory for all Kuppet members to join BBF.
This implies that all KUPPET members will automatically join BBF and get subjected to a ksh 200 monthly contributions. Only members of KUPPET Vihiga and KUPPET kakamega will be excepted since they already have separate deduction codes.
A section of members has opposed this decision and have taken their protests to the social media.
According to the Kuppet National Governing Council, another meeting to revise the benefits each member gets following the changes will be held soon.