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KNUT staring at financial crisis after 72,000 teachers quit union

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has removed at least 72,000 educators from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) register.

This has reduced the number of teachers under the union to 115,000 from the previous 187,000 teachers.

In a report published by Standard, the membership of about 187,000 teachers generated up to Sh140 million in monthly dues.

This means the union has lost KSh 57 million for the month of September alone.

Knut Secretary General Sossion however downplayed the matter, saying the union was in talks with TSC.

“We wish not to fight with the employer over this. We are in the process of building bridges and avoiding fights. We are, however, in talks with TSC so that they can reinstate the full Knut register,” said Sossion.

Wilson Sossion with his deputy Hesbon dusring a past meeting. Photo: Star

The dwindling collection has cast the union into financial crisis with the union finding it difficult to pay staff in branch offices.

About KSh 84.5 million is wired to 110 branches every month with the remaining Sh54 million being used to cover operating overhead expense including running various programmes at the Knut head office every month.

Sources at TSC claimed the teachers were leaving the union in pursuit of benefits in TSC’s career progression guidelines adopted in 2017.

The guidelines touched on implementation of the job evaluation exercise and the CBA that were signed in 2016 by Knut and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers.

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