Primary school heads on Monday blamed the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) for the chaos that rocked the first day of their delegates conference over a Sh500 monthly subscription fee.
Some Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association (Kepsha) officials accused Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion of instigating the infighting between some of the delegates and their chairman Shem Ndolo. The association claimed some of the delegates were given Sh5,000 to cause trouble.
Mr Sossion, however, refuted the claims. “If an organisation engages in its own conflicts and fights, how do I come in? I don’t know what is happening, I have no idea, I have just arrived in Mombasa. I have not seen any Kepsha member,” he said.
He said he will attend the Kepsha meeting, where he is scheduled to address the teachers, on Thursday.
Yesterday, pandemonium erupted minutes after Mr Ndolo made his remarks and called for amendments to the Kepsha constitution.
The school heads questioned how the Sh500 monthly subscription fee is used and called for a reduction. The association raised the fees from Sh100 to Sh500 last year.
“Chapter 6 is on office bearers, membership and elections. The Kepsha constitution stated that it will be reviewed every 10 years,” Mr Ndolo said. But the delegates were opposed to the amendments, saying: “We won’t move forward until you tell us how you spent the money.”