Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged the Teachers Service Commission to rescind its decision of withholding the July, 2019 dues for the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
Speaking during a thanks giving mass for KNUT Busia Branch Executive Secretary Patrick Mulamba in Sigomere village, Butula Sub County, the Governor said the teachers’ employer acted ultra vires.
“ The teachers who are the members of the union had not written to their employer to have their dues remitted to the union stopped; I am appealing to TSC to release the money to KNUT to restore normalcy in the giant union whose activities have been paralyzed,” he said.
The move by TSC to withhold KNUT’s dues for the month of July has threatened their operations with the KNUT Executive Secretary Wilson Sossion terming “breach of the constitution.”
In view of such uncertainties and scarcity of money in the country, H. E Ojaamong has urged teachers to save and invest in productive ventures, noting that they might wake up one day to find their employer has no money to pay them.
On the contentious Curriculum Based Competence (CBC), the Governor urged the Ministry of Education to listen to the union views instead of ambushing them with a program that has many gaps.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said there was need by KNUT, TSC and the Ministry of Education to sit down urgently to solve problems on withholding of union dues and the contentious CBC.
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong urged TSC to handle teachers with the respect they deserve, noting that as a banker she has witnessed many teachers unable to secure loans because of debt ratio.
Busia Woman representative Florence Mutua urged TSC not to harass teachers but to sit at a round table with their union officials to iron out any teething issues; she told Education CS George Magoha to reduce his anger and talk to teachers.
The teachers led by KNUT NEC Member and Bungoma East Executive Secretary, Aggrey Namisi vowed to remain united and fight for their rights without fear.