Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has commended the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) for steadfastly safeguarding the interests of teachers for decades.
Speaking at the 63rd Knut Annual Delegates Conference held at Kasarani stadium with the theme “The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want; The Kenyan Imperative to Reverse Teacher Shortage,” Machogu expressed admiration for Knut’s accomplishments since its establishment in 1957.
CS Machogu praised KNUT and its leadership for achieving significant milestones over the years, emphasizing the transformative role the Union played in addressing issues and interests like racial discrimination against African teachers and the denial of basic rights in the ’50s and early ’60s.
“When racial discrimination became a thing of the past, the Union necessarily took on new, contemporary battles,” Machogu said.
Machogu credited the Union with securing a constitutional commission as the employer for teachers, distinguishing them as one of the few professions in the country with such recognition.
While the specific challenges faced by the Union have changed over time, Machogu emphasized that the overarching goal has remained constant – the pursuit of promoting and safeguarding the interests of teachers in Kenya.
“We recognize the role that trade unions, including Knut, continue to play in the socio-economic and political advancement of the country. When you agitate for the welfare of your members, you are also indirectly fighting for the welfare of many other citizens,” he said.