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KNUT and KUPPET Unions are losing a lot of teachers.

KNUT and KUPPET Unions are losing a lot of teachers.

KNUT and KUPPET Unions are losing a lot of teachers. A significant decline in membership is being observed by the teachers’ unions Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet).

At least 28,000 petitions to leave the unions have been submitted as of yesterday’s deadline (20,000 Knut and 8,000 Kuppet), and the number is growing.

The recent pay reductions teachers received in July as well as the position the union executives have adopted over time are both to blame for the outrage among teachers.

Teachers were astonished to learn that a new National Social Security Fund (NSSF) deduction had been implemented and had reduced their take-home pay by sh. 360 when they got their July payslips.

Additionally, teachers were informed that the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) deduction had increased, reducing their take-home salary.

The situation teachers are in, however, did not seem to have much effect on the union executives. Even the most basic needs, like food, are difficult for many instructors to meet.

Soyinka Lempaa, an activist and blogger, has asserted that the unions are powerless to protect the interests of teachers since they are dominated by senior Teachers Service Commission (TSC) members.

Soyinka announced that he will file a similar lawsuit to contest the deduction of NSSF from teachers’ pay stubs after successfully challenging a TSC rule that prohibited instructors 45 and older from seeking for positions.

Why a teacher should be required to pay twice for the same thing baffles me. He questioned the government’s decision to reimburse teachers through the NSSF when they already made provident fund contributions for their pensions.

Soyinka questioned the reasoning behind the Kenya Women Teachers Association’s (Kewota) deduction of 200 shillings from a female teacher’s contribution. She had not joined Kewota.

The same teacher will leave the union and then be compelled to rejoin by TSC a short while later. What is the Commission’s interest, he enquired?

1.5% of teachers’ gross salaries will be withheld and deposited to the housing fund in August.

Due to the Court lifting the stay on the 2023 Finance Act, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has also declared that it will withhold 1.5% of the hiring tax for July.

Therefore, in August, the double housing charge will be withheld from teachers’ wages. 1.5% for July deductions and 1.5% for August deductions.

Teachers are furious with Knut and Kuppet, the teachers unions, since they feel like they are causing more problems rather than solving them.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2021–2025, which offered teachers simply lengthier maternity and paternity leave days rather than any financial incentives, caused issues to start to emerge.

Knut announced a 14-day strike that will start on Monday of this week two weeks ago. However, no teachers spoke up, so they carried on as usual.

Knut had pushed for hurried discussions to change the CBA 2021–2025 with the TSC in order to secure a pay increase for teachers.

Most academics consider the Knut and Kuppet authorities to be disloyal and self-serving.

Omboko Milemba, the head of the national Kuppet, was rescued last month after being confronted by incensed secondary school teachers in Homa Bay County for his support of the Finance Bill 2023 in the National Assembly.

Along with other Kuppet officials and the union’s secretary general, Akelo Misori, Milemba—who represents the Emuhaya Constituency in parliament—had traveled to Tom Mboya University in Homa Bay town for a secondary school teachers’ athletic competition.

The KUPPET boss informed the instructors that he had voted in support of the Finance Bill when he addressed them and gave a brief introduction.

Large Numbers of Teachers are Departing the KNUT and KUPPET Unions

A few of the teachers began to jeer as soon as they heard the statement. Milemba continued to discuss how important the Finance Bill 2023 is to the nation’s development while oblivious to the uproar.

His arguments were dismissed as the instructors started to accuse him of betraying them by supporting the divisive law.

More than 15 minutes had passed since the debate began before Misori stood up to inform the instructors of their unethical conduct.

Some teachers threw objects at him as he stepped away from the podium, including stones.

One of Milemba’s bodyguards pulled out two pistols and aimed them at the instructors in an effort to convince them not to support his boss by throwing stones.

However, a specialist claims that due to the perks they are receiving, teachers will continue to pay union dues and agency fees from 2021 to 2025.

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