The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has given the workers’ body a two-months notice to terminate its recognition agreement after its membership numbers fell below 50 per cent of the required threshold. The decision means that Knut will only continue to exist as a shell, a far cry from its heydays when it represented thousands of teachers across the country. Knut will not participate in Collective Bargaining Agreements and teachers’ agency fees will go to its competitor, the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) which now stands as the recognised labour union.
The union will not represent teachers anywhere because its attachment to TSC is non-existent. Moreover, all Knut executive secretaries on secondment to TSC will go back to the classroom as ordinary teachers, while those who have reached retirement age will be sent home. The TSC, in its notice of termination November 4, was clear that it will no longer engage Knut.