The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has announced its decision not to attend a scheduled meeting with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) regarding the TSC Act Amendment Bill. The meeting, set to take place at the Kenya School of Government, was meant for stakeholder engagement on the bill.

Knut’s secretary general, Collins Oyuu, asserted that the union’s input in the draft bill had been disregarded from the beginning. He criticized the draft for not serving the interests of teachers and highlighted several concerns.

According to Oyuu, the draft proposes changes to the education system, including starting basic education from primary to teacher training institutions, omitting the Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) stage.

He emphasized that any changes proposed by TSC should involve Knut as stakeholders and criticized the short timeframe given for feedback on the draft.

Oyuu also raised issues regarding the financing of teachers’ training and capacity-building programs, proposing that the government should bear the costs through a professional body like the Law Society of Kenya.

Moreover, he criticized TSC’s proposal to determine teachers’ remuneration without involving unions and the advice of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), which he deemed unconstitutional.

Other concerns raised by Knut included TSC’s silence on teachers’ pensions, the proposed data collection and management by TSC, and the lack of clarity in certain sections of the draft bill.

Oyuu called for a special engagement meeting with TSC within seven days to address these issues comprehensively, emphasizing the need for Knut’s meaningful involvement in the amendment process.

He concluded by questioning why Knut, as a central stakeholder, was only given two days to provide feedback on the proposals, contrasting with the significant time spent by TSC in developing the amendments.

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