Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Collins Oyuu has expressed concerns about certain individuals encouraging junior secondary school (JSS) intern teachers, employed on a one-year contract, to hold demonstrations.
In the past week, JSS intern teachers have been assembling peacefully, seeking confirmation to permanent and pensionable terms by the employer
Speaking on Sunday during a National Executive Council meeting at the head office, also revealed that some senior school principals are issuing recommendation letters to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) for teachers who should belong to KNUT.
He criticized the engagement of interns, not employed permanently, in street protests, emphasizing the need for them to approach union representatives with their grievances.
Oyuu cautioned that only registered trade unionists would advocate for the interns after they present their concerns to the union.
“Right from Monday and the climax shall be the annual delegates conference addressing the plight of the interns and addressing the plight of comprehensive school teachers in matters engagement with trade unions and where they should lie within the law,” he said.
The KNUT boss noted that TSC has employed a significant number of teachers under internship to address shortages, expressing concern that many are unaware of how the commission will handle their cases as their contracts near expiration.
The union called for the conversion of contract teachers to permanent and pensionable status without prejudice, emphasizing that their prior service merits such consideration.
KUPPET Secretary-General Akello Misori recently advocated for confirmation of the teachers’ contracts to permanent terms, warning that failing to do so before the January 2024 expiration could disrupt the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) during the progression to Grade Eight.