KNUT Kenya has another reason that is driving its call for a national strike on September 1.
According to a report that appeared in a local daily on Thursday, the bone of contention is 82 officials of the organization.
Apparently, the 82 officials have been transferred in the ongoing delocalisation policy by the Teachers Service Commission.
Enraged by the transfers, which have crippled its activities in some regions, the union has declared it will call for a national teachers strike on September 1.
“The policy on delocalisation has adversely affected over 82 union officials. We see this as an affront to the union and its structures.
How do you expect an elected official of a branch to serve if he has been delocalised outside his area of representation? It is impossible. We want such delocalisation rescinded forthwith,” says Knut secretary-general Wilson Sossion in a letter to TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia.
The transferred officials include branch treasurers, assistant executive secretaries, chairmen, woman representatives and branch executive committee members across the country.
Also affected by the policy that the TSC begun implementing in December last year are officials from Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) officials and those from the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha). So far, a total of 1,065 principals out 8,900 have been moved.
While Kuppet, Kepsha and Kessha have not queried the transfers of their officials, Knut has waged war with the TSC and declared it will disrupt learning in the third term through a national strike.