Teachers’ Lobby Group Demands Resignation Of KUPPET And KNUT Leaders
A group of teachers are demanding the resignation of KNUT and KUPPET officials for failing to represent the interest of members.
The group claims that KUPPET leadership is composed up of politicians and retirees, while that of KNUT is compromised.
According to Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group spokesperson, Martha Omollo, Kuppet and Knut officials have failed to protect members from the “punitive” Teacher Professional Development (TPD), a programme that forces a tutor to part with Sh6,000 for refresher courses annually.
The group says the Kuppet and Knut leadership signed a non-monetary collective bargaining agreement with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) against members’ wishes.
“We demand the immediate resignation of non-teachers leaders in Kuppet like Mr Omboko Milemba, who is the MP for Emuhaya, Mr Ronald Tonui, the Bomet Central MP, and Ms Catherine Wambilyanga, the Bungoma Woman Representative as they are no longer teachers,” said Omollo.
The Kenyan Teachers National Pressure Group, an organisation formed to advocate for the welfare of teachers, said the educators had resolved not to honour the new programme “until and unless” they are directly involved in its development.
The group asked union officials and the chair of the National Assembly’s Education Committee Florence Mutua to resign “for doing nothing” to protect them.
“The entire teaching fraternity under TSC (Teachers Service Commission) employment are vehemently opposed to introduction of TDP program through the back door.
The teachers were not involved in the development of the modules as earlier agreed, hence the rollout of the program in its current form should be stopped with immediate effect,” read a statement read by Martha Omollo.
The teachers also demanded the resignation of non-teacher leaders in the unions, among them Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba who is the chair of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet), national Treasure Ronald Tanui, who is Bomet Central MP, Mutua as well as other retired teachers who are still holding positions in the unions.
“We also demand the resignation of KNUT national officials because they do not even respect the KNUT Constitution.
Unions should be for all teachers irrespective of their cadres,” the teachers said, adding that if their demands are not met, they will write to the National Assembly to act.
TSC has rolled out training programmes for all practicing teachers and has already contracted Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Riara University and Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) to offer the training at the rate of Sh6,000 per year.
But teachers have said the government should bear the cost of the training and not the teachers.
The employer has, however, rejected the complaints, insisting that the refresher courses are mandatory for all teachers.