What is KNUT
Kenya national union of teachers is one of the giant body that comprise of members drawn from both primary and secondary schools.
The union comprise of 8 leaders who see to it that teachers’ welfare and grievances are taken well care of.
Teachers who are members of KNUT are deducted monthly fee depending on the job group. A senior master III who job group M is deducted ksh 1200 for KNUT membership.
The Union Subscription Fee is collected from every member of the union at the rate of two percent (2%) of the basic salary of every member per month.
The Subscription fee is usually collected through the Check-Off-System.
Main Functions/roles of Kenya National Union of Teachers
- To bring together and unite teachers of all grades and qualifications in Kenya and providing a forum for co-operation.
- To fight for improved terms and conditions of service for teachers and protecting teachers interests.
- Promoting programmes aimed at improving teachers’ welfare or socio-economic status.
- To offer assistance to individual members in professional as well as legal matters.
- To settle disputes between members of the union or between its members and their employers through collective and constitutional means.
- To co-operate with other societies, bodies, unions or organisations within or outside Kenya with similar objectives.
- To promote matters leading to the improvement of education and the establishment of a common system of education.
- To secure effective representation of the teaching profession on the government, public and private bodies or organisations where such representation may be necessary.
How to withdraw/ opt out of KNUT:
Teachers who feel that the union is not servicing them accordingly can follow the right procedure and withdraw their membership.
Any KNUT member is at liberty to withdraw his/her membership from the union by clearly stating his/her reasons for resignation to the NEC through the BEC in or to secretary TSC. The party withdrawing will cease to be entitled to enjoy any benefits of privilege from the union.
One also ceases to be a member of the union if he/she has been dismissed and his/her certificate, licence or authority to teach has been cancelled by the Teachers Service Commission except a member whose case is taken up as a trade dispute by the Kenya National Union of Teachers until the dispute is finalized and the solution is not in his/her favour.
Furthermore, one ceases to be a member if he/she retires or resigns from the teaching service except the full-time elected officers of the union including the Executive Officers (formerly teachers) whose compulsory retirement is as stated in their terms and conditions of service
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