Unionist hopes KNUT will recapture lost glory

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Kibwezi branch chairman Christopher Kitua at a function in Kibwezi, recently. PHOTO/Mzangi Kaluu, The Scholar Media Africa.

Teachers have expressed confidence in the new Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) leadership.

The union’s Kibwezi branch chairman Christopher Kitua exuded confidence that Secretary General Collins Oyuu will revamp the union.

Oyuu took over from Wilson Session who resigned when the union had gone on its knees.

In his own capacity, Oyuu said he will engage more on negotiations rather than strikes and court battles.

Oyuu promised to restore the union’s glory and good working relationship with the employer.

Speaking at a function in Kibwezi, recently, Kitua noted that the new leadership has cordial relationship with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

He said that teachers expect that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the employer will bear fruits in terms of teachers promotions and pay rise.

“I am hopeful that such promotions will not only motivate teachers but ensure they don’t stagnate in one grade for long.

It’s our hope that there will be remittance of teachers union dues to Knut account for effective running of the branches since we have had a very hard time in the past,” he added.

He encouraged teachers to make use of TSC portal and join the union to voice their issues and for easy negotiations of their affairs with TSC.

To ensure 100 percent transition policy from primary to secondary, he reminded chiefs, teachers and all education stakeholders to make sure those who sat for KCPE join Form One.

He called upon the less fortunate to apply for bursaries from national and county government or any other foundations that offer the same.

He called individuals to also support the needy in their midst.

upon all those with the capacity to help to chip in and do so.

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