Musau Ndunda accused of conning school heads
17 May 2015, 09:15
Nairobi – Officials from the teachers’ unions and school heads associations have questioned the legality of the Kenya National Association of Parents (KNAP) Secretary General, Musau Ndunda’s post of representing Kenyan parents with children in schools yet no one elected him to the position.
The key stakeholders in education sector claimed that Ndunda is “only self-proclaimed active busybody” purporting to be the parents’ spokesperson using an illegal and unrecognized union by school managements in the nation to solicit money from head teachers for personal gains.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) and the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) maintained that the well-constituted and recognized schools’ Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) is mandated to address the parents’ welfare and not Ndunda’s union.
“PTA comprises of parents with children in a school and teachers of that particularly institution. The Association has its national representatives not this other KNAP busybody union whose formation is not provided in the Basic Education Act and its officials mostly active in issuing press statements purporting to represent parents,” said KNUT chairman, Mudzo Ndili.
“PTA’s legible national officials are not recognized and invited by the government for contribution to education matters as the parents’ representative organization because the busybody KNAP has widely publicized itself in the media and falsely perceived as the parents’ association,” he added.
The KUPPET chairman, Omboko Milemba claimed that Ndunda at some time organized for a security workshop in schools for both primary and secondary head teachers in one county where each principal had to pay KES 2 000 as participation fees without the knowledge of regional teachers’ union officials.
However, when the county’s KNUT and KUPPET officials realized about the ongoing workshop and the illegal charges collected, they stormed it and asked the school heads to leave, a move that embarrassed Ndunda who then reported the matter to police for the arrest of the unions’ representatives for interfering with his meeting.
“KNAP is a commercial enterprise taking money distributed to schools by the government for the officials’ development. We are not opposed to any citizen expressing their opinion since it is a constitutional provision but the parents with school going children are well represented through PTAs,” said Milemba.
He mockingly said anyone over 18 years whether with a child or not is free to join the “busybody” KNAP but PTA be recognized as the only legal association in charge of affairs for parents with school-going children.
The KEPSHA representative, Charles Kado and the KESSHA chairman, John Awiti also concurred with the teachers’ union officials sentiments call for recognition of the schools’ national PTA officials as the parents’ legal representatives because they directly participate in the management of schools.
The key education players raised their concern before the Delegated Legislation Committee of Senate regarding newly gazetted 2015 Basic Education Act they are opposed to for having been ignored in the drafting and envisaged with contentious provisions such as ignoring PTA and the teachers’ unions while it recognizes the disputed KNAP.
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