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Teacher unions merger on the cards

25 February 2014, 12:02

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is keen to merge with the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) as per the communiqué the two unions signed last month in Zambia.

The unions signed the signed a communiqué after a meeting in the Southern African country to validate a study carried out by Education International on the detriments of “splinterism” and multiplicity of teacher unions on teacher welfare.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa were among countries that have had to merge their many teachers’ unions into one.

“The project of merging is currently being undertaken in three Anglophone and three francophone countries in Africa,” said Sossion.

Sossion said that as per the Zambia agreement, delegates from the two unions were expected to meet in May so that by June, they would have merged.

This would culminate in a teachers’ union catering for teachers’ needs from all levels.

Sossion dismissed the current wrangles and stances against the merger from within KUPPET saying that some KUPPET officials were “panicking without reason.”

He added that the merger did not seek to “swallow” KUPPET.

“It is not about superiority but a matter of teachers’ welfare. According to the Education International, teachers are losing out with the current situation.”

Sossion said that KUPPET Chairman, Omboko Milemba, signed the communiqué under duress and if KUPPET wanted to vary the position, they should do so in a civil manner.

– CAJ News

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