Teachers Defy the Unconstitutional Ammendments by KNUT
Teachers Defy the Unconstitutional Ammendments by KNUT. Teachers across Kenya are expressing concerns about the direction and governance of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT. KNUT board is elected by teachers purposely to cater and defend teachers rights. The Rongo branch of KNUT in Migori district quickly presented a petition to the Senate detailing a number of issues that have caused considerable concern to both educators and the people.
The alleged arbitrary changes to the KNUT constitution are the main problem that calls into question the legitimacy of the union’s decisions and actions. Additionally, the suspension of officials from several branches added to the anger within the union.
The makeup of KNUT teacher representatives is one of the main issues. There is reportedly an uneven representation of teachers, with a significant proportion of roles held by retired educators. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) definition of ‘active teacher’ contradicts this.
Another topic of the petition is the deregistration of retired teachers from the payroll, which could result in financial irregularities. It has been noted that the requirement that candidates for national office seats be among the top four members of the branch is an unfair electoral requirement.
The petition raises further transparency concerns by claiming that actions taken by KNUT delegates are not fully represented in the minutes and resolutions submitted to the Registrar of Companies. The retirement age of KNUT officials, especially those under the protection of General Secretary Collins Henry Oyuu, has also come under fire.
The petitioner refers to the consolidation of branches and claims that it is inconsistent with the notions of fair service provision and delegation of authority. It has been suggested that the National Executive Council (NEC) should play a more active role in allocating resources, rather than depending solely on numerical strength, which has raised questions about financial decisions.
The main message of the petition emphasizes that the KNUT should primarily represent working teachers, not retired ones, and pressures the management of the organization to follow pre-set norms and regulations.
There have been allegations of financial mismanagement based on discrepancies between KNUT records and TSC figures regarding outgoing officials. The petition further alleges that General Secretary Collins Henry Oyuu used his personal connections to influence the branch’s activities, including the selective transfer of officers.
The petitioner’s call to the Senate highlights how crucial it is for the KNUT leadership to protect teachers’ rights and uphold the law. These allegations highlight the need for accountability, responsibility and adherence to established standards for an organization that is central to defending the interests of Kenyan teachers.
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