Knut, Kuppet feel the pinch of cash crisis

By: OUMA WANZALA

Teachers unions are putting on a brave face despite going through financial crisis with some sending home workers at branch offices until they get the resources to pay them.

The crisis emerged after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) stopped the deductions of monies due to unions until it’s done with what it describes an ‘audit to ascertain membership of the unions’.

Several executive officers for the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) admitted that the situation is getting out of hand.Speaking to Sunday Nation on condition of anonymity, the executive secretaries who manage branches said the situation is not as rosy as their union leaders may wish to portray.

And to complicate the matter, TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia on Thursday when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Education declined to disclose when they will complete the audit.

“We have not been paid for the last three months, we have rented offices and we fear that we may soon be evicted,” said some the executive secretaries from both unions.

Knut has about 110 branches across the country, while Kuppet has 47 and it relies solely on membership fees to run its activities.

To mitigate the crisis, Kuppet has now approached three banks and co-operative societies to help deduct Sh35 million a month from as membership fee from 34,000 teachers.

“We are set to sign a memorandum of understanding with the financial institutions in a week’s time to help us make the deductions,” said Kuppet chairman Omboko Milemba.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION