Teachers are Scrambling to rejoin KNUT: Oyuu Says As Membership Shoots by 6000
At least 6,000 teachers have rejoined the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) over the last two months, moving the union’s membership to 18,000 from 12,000 by the end of October.
According to KNUT secretary-general Collins Oyuu, by Wednesday this week, forms of 3,000 more teachers seeking to rejoin were being processed.
“We have noted a trend where teachers are scrambling to return to the union since the employer reopened the Third Party TPAY portal where teachers can exit or re-join union,” said Oyuu.
He said the portal was opened in July but the processing of members was delayed due to technical issues.
“The Teachers Service Commission told us that they could not process membership because the portal had some issues. But after it was rectified, we saw good enrolment of members,” Oyuu said.
“In the month of November, we have been processing some 3,000 forms, which we shall be completed in a few days. Teachers want their details captured properly so it’s taking a bit of time to process.”
At the time of Knut elections, union officials had hoped that TSC would restore the union register as it were in June 2019. By this time, Knut had 187, 471 members, giving the union some Sh144 million in union dues every month.
However, in July and August of the same year, Knut received zero union dues as the tiff between the union and employer intensified.
The membership further reduced to 110, 000 in October and to 105, 000 in November of that year. By June this year, when Knut held its national elections, the membership had shrunk to 12,000.