Battered Knut moves to win back members

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Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion addressing the media in Nairobi on March 19, 2019. The union is on a recruitment drive.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has embarked on an aggressive campaign to win back more than 86,000 teachers who left the union following its row with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The 11-member National Steering Committee, led by Secretary-General Wilson Sossion, seeks to woo back teachers across the country after TSC on November 4 gave the union two months to increase its membership, or else the commission would revoke the agreement recognising it.

And with the reality now sinking in among Knut officials — who have been fighting each other — that they could be jobless by January, they have put aside their differences and embarked on the recruitment drive.

Mr Sossion has told teachers during various sessions that a divided union cannot defend their rights.

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In an advert in the weekend papers on Sunday, TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia said the commission recognises teachers’ unions as key stakeholders in the profession and the critical role they play in representing tutors.