KNUT gives this proposal to TSC. The Kenya national union of teachers (KNUT) chairperson Patrick Karinga Munuhe in a recent statement showed his concern over the heavy work load on educators all around the country. He also said that the workload is expected to be more heavy starting next year. This is because institutions are at a point of getting ready for enrollment of grade 8 next year under CBC.
While the KNUT kilindini branch was holding an annual general meeting in Mombasa, the KNUT chairperson said that proposals submitted by the Presidential Working Party on Education reforms (PWPER) pointed on the implementation of a comprehensive system in schools which could run all the way from Early childhood education (ECDE) up to grade 9. As a result, the expansion is expected to put extra pressure on educators, forcing the union to request a re-evaluation of their collective bargain agreement (CBA) for the period between 2021 and 2025.
Munuhe also said that the union is seeking payrise for teachers by 60 percent. This according to him will act as compensation for the expected increased workload that will be brought about by the changes in the new curriculum.
The KNUT secretary general Nelson Oyuu has been seen to be actively advocating for CBA review in previous engagements. In addition, KNUT earlier issued a seven days notice for TSC to call them for a meeting concerning the matter.
However, the planned 3 days countrywide protests disrupted the meeting that was already scheduled for this week. Munuhe said that despite this, KNUT and TSC are in good terms. KNUT & TSC are also planning to engaging in a healthy and productive discussion as immediately the demonstrations are over.
In conclusion, the KNUT chairperson pointed that teaching is a noble profession and should therefore not be exploited. He also added that fair compensation is very key in maintaining the dedication and quality of education.
KNUT gives this proposal to TSC.