The retirement age for teachers in Kenya is currently at 60 years of age. But the teachers’ representatives KUPPET changed the constitution to add themselves five more years to serve the teachers. That means the officials who are now at 57 years and above are eligible for reelection come 2026.
The KUPPET constitution was changed to favour the aged lot last year during AGM in Kisii. The changes will favour both the National and branch officials. With large amount union dues collected every month from over 140,000 teachers, the officials have financial muscles to get their way if need be.
The other ratified changes are the strict measures and conditions for one to vie for national office. Like a Branch secretary is supposed to vie at the county level, win and resign for him/her to be legible for national position. This has not gone down well with branch officials and all teachers across board. That’s why the recent national elections was just an endorsement because there were no opponents whatsoever.
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The Teachers Service Commission and the Salaries and remuneration commission are both adamant to get a better deal for classroom teachers yet the National budget reading moment is approaching very fast. Without a tangible agreement with TSC to raise the Basic salaries for Classroom teachers, it will be a tall order to convince teachers to remain and dedicate their resources to the union.
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