KNUT demands payment of Ksh70B owed schools

Collins Oyuu, KNUT Secretary General. He wants the government to pay Ksh70 billion debt to schools.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has demanded that capitation debts and unpaid bills amounting to 70 billion shillings owed to learning institutions should be remitted.

KNUT Secretary General (SG) Collins Oyuu further indicated that other vote heads should also be included in the school bank account.

The official made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by a KNUT national trustee Dan Aloo during the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) annual conference in Kisumu.

The SG noted that some of the things bedeviling schools include negative publicity and hostility from the community coupled with truancy and juvenile delinquency.

He pointed out that teachers have also been targets of criminal gangs, nepotism and favoritism together with political interference.

He said many schools suffer understaffing, bad debts, climate change and dwindling number of learners.

To address the situation, Oyuu called for awareness and advocacy, and networking and partnership among heads, advising them to embrace strategic planning and management geared towards attracting donors.

Oyuu urged them to embrace good governance and also create conducive learning environments, impressing upon the heads to work closely with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in order to correct understaffing challenges.

He suggested that KEPSHA should be renamed Kenya Comprehensive Principals Association in order to conform to changing trends.

Aloo was accompanied by KNUT Nyanza Regional Secretary David Obuon, who doubles as Kisumu City KNUT Executive Secretary, his deputy David Onege,, and other union officials from coastal branches.


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