Mass exit of teachers. The two teachers unions, KNUT and Kuppet, are currently experiencing high cases of members withdrawing.
As at yesterday, almost 28,000 educators had sent their request wanting to exit the unions.
Educators’ frustrations are linked to the deductions that they were subjected to in the just released salaries and also the positions the officials of these unions have taken over time.
In addition, NHIF deductions were increased. This therefore affected teachers’ July payslips highly.
Besides, union officials seem unmoved by whatever educators are going through. Many educators are now struggling to afford basic needs.
In a recent suggestion by Sonyinka Lempaa who is an activist and also a blogger, he said that high ranking TSC officials have captured the unions and can therefore not serve teachers’ interests.
Sonyinka has said that he will challenge the NSSF deductions from teachers’ payslips in court.
In addition, Sonyinka said that teachers are already paying towards their pension through provident funds. The government should therefore not tax them again through NSSF. According to him, educators are double paying towards the same thing.
In addition, he questioned the Kenya Women Teachers Association that deducts female teachers sh200 every month without their consent.
Educators are expecting a 1.5% deduction towards the housing fund as from August.
KRA has also made it clear that it will be deducting a housing tax of 1.5% for July following the lifting of the suspension of the finance bill by court. This therefore means that educators will have to double pay towards the housing levy next month.
Why teachers unions are facing teachers’ wrath,
It is evident that the teachers unions are facing teachers’ wrath because they signed the CBA 2021-2025 which had no financial benefit to educators but only extended the paternity and maternity leaves.
Many teachers are now seeing union officials as betrayers who are after their personal interests.
Mass exit of teachers.