This week, teachers and their employer will meet to speak about standards for professional advancement and potential wage raise deals.
The Education Committee’s findings and teachers’ professional development training, among other concerns impacting members, will be discussed at a retreat in Naivasha, according to Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).
The meeting, according to Mr. Oyuu, would begin Tuesday night and last on Friday.
He stated that they were hoping to reopen discussions on the CBA review for 2021–25, which did not include a wage raise for teachers.
Maternity leave for female teachers was expanded in the CBA from 90 to 120 days.
The CBA also permits advancement of teachers in dry and semi-arid regions and paternity leave for male instructors.
Other teachers were thus denied a pay raise for five years, from 2021 to 2025.
Mr. Oyuu claimed that since his team took over, they had added 100,000 new members, bringing the total number of members to 115,000, up from the 15,000 he discovered when he was elected on June 26 of last year.
The number was down from the 187,000 Knut had a few years ago. “When I came in as secretary general, Knut was facing many challenges ranging from low membership, financial starvation, to a bad blood that had been created and existed with the TSC,” he said
Currently, according to Mr. Oyuu, all 110 of Knut’s branches are fully operational, every employee is receiving their pay on time, staff medical coverage has been reinstated, and the union is gradually making up the arrears it had accumulated over the two years prior to his appointment.
Several branch offices had been liquidated as a result of the union’s financial crisis, and office furnishings like chairs, desks, and computers had been placed up for auction.
In one branch, a union bus was up for auction.
The headquarters was put up for auction, and part of the furniture was removed due to debt.
“Every month we are paying up to Sh14 million to repay the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), pensions and other arrears owed by the union.”
The union owed KRA more than Sh301 million at the time of taking over, according to the new leadership.
Additionally, it owed other creditors millions.
Currently, he claimed, all union retirees have received their pension payments, and other bills are being paid off.
His management, meanwhile, hasn’t been without criticism.
Some teachers have claimed that Mr. Oyuu and other officials compromised the union’s position in order to appease the business.
According to the Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group (KNTPG), Knut has lost interest in matters affecting teachers and the organization’s leaders are conspiring with the TSC to repress teachers.
According to Martha Omollo, a spokesman for KNTPG, Knut and other unions are “in bed” with the employer.