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KNUT threatens to sue NHIF over statutory deductions

12 June 2015, 10:23 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Mombasa branch vowed to take the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to court if they do not rescind the recent increment in statutory deductions.

Knut Kilindini branch executive secretary, Dan Aloo has said that the move was arbitrarily reached with no consultations being held between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), KNUT and NHIF.

Speaking in Mombasa, the KNUT official said that the decision to increase teachers statutory NHIF deductions should be reversed to the old rates as the teachers already have a medical scheme under which they are pooling together close to KES 5.6 billion.

“The grounds under which the NHIF decided to increase its rates and include teachers in the scheme was not consultative and unless the new rates are withdrawn, tutors will take the Fund management Board to court,” Aloo said.

The KNUT official further opined that the decision is not backed by law, and warned that unless the move is stopped on its tracks, there is nothing that will stop the government and NHIF from raising the rates once more without consulting relevant stakeholders.

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“Teachers are already pooling their resources for a much better medical scheme than the one that is being propped by NHIF and teachers are wary of the move by NHIF to raise statutory rates,” he said.

He also lamented that the government’s continued failure to timely disburse public school funding is hurting school operations.

He condemned those who have been blaming head teachers for education ministry and Treasury gaffes, yet funds reach schools more than two months after the opening date.

“Funds should be disbursed two weeks before schools are opened to allow the head teachers and school administrators to adequately plan their terms,” Aloo said, terming the delay in disbursing funds as an economic crime, and accusing the government of hoarding funds necessary for positive development.

He called on the government to improve on the disbursement of funds ahead of the 2015/2016 financial year.

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