KUPPET Displeased with its Insurer

KUPPET's  Deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima accompanied by senior Union officials briefing the media on the urgent need to have Union members revert to the NHIF cover for their medical needs.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), is seeking for the termination of its services it termed as discriminative.

The Union  said  Minet which was contracted  by their employer the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), was no longer serving their interests and was discriminative .

Through the Unions  Deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima , the members claimed the Insurer was rendering lip services and at the same  time denying  the teachers  the opportunity to be treated at certain hospitals .

“Other than being denied  the  choice to seek medical attention to certain hospitals , our immediate family  members have since been deregistered from the  cover without our knowledge ,”the official said.

Addressing  KUPPET’s Kirinyaga Brach members  during their Annual  general Assembly at the Maya Resort , Sagana town yesterday , Nthurima said some teachers had denied while waiting  at various  hospitals while awaiting for  clearance from the Insurance  company  .

Nthurima said the teachers were now seeking to have the services provided by the NHIF which has better arrangements and  non-bureaucratic.

Kirinyaga County KUPPET branch Executive Secretary Njogu Mbui (center) addressing the media at the Maya hotel Sagana town yesterday after well attended local branch annual assembly yesterday. He is flanked by the  Union's Deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima (left) and other officials

He said the Union had since told the TSC to ensure the changes were effected urgently to save teachers and their families from the anguish the Minet was subjecting them to .

The branch Executive Secretary Njogu  Mbui  said teachers who had been subjected to the now infamous delocalisation  but wished to remain at their stations had a free choice .

He told the meeting the delocalisation introduced in 2016 was done without any participation by stake holders especially teachers as stipulated in the 2010 constitutional dispensation.

“The process ended up breaking families morally and financially after spouses were hurriedly separated, leaving them highly exposed, “he said.

On teachers discipline, Mbui noted some of the educationists were still canning children yet it  was outlawed  in all schools.

He told teachers who were still obsessed with corporal   punishments were doing it at their own peril and warned that anyone involved in this criminal act  his Union will not be party to it.

“As a Union we are  also concerned with the  unbecoming conduct of some male school Principals who use their positions to  sexually harass  female teachers especially the youthful ones and this we will not condone anymore ,”he cautioned.

Added the Trade Unionist “  attention has  also been  drawn to the conduct of one school Head who has kept the clocking register  deliberately in his office where he uses the secure  environment to indecently touch the bodies of young lady teachers who enter  in turns   to check in and  the said Principal  is now under  our  watch and that of the Ministry of Education ,”.

On that note the meeting was plunged into disbelieve  after the Embu KUPPET  Executive  Secretary Jacob Karora when confessed how he had received a phone call while at the venue that a teacher from his county was already in police custody over  allegations of being a sex pet .

“You have been seeing me walking out of this meeting several times  after I was informed  that a teacher  in my county had been found with a school girl in his house. We can’t  defend such amorous teachers who keep preying on school girls ,”Karora  told the stunned meeting .

Embu , Nyeri and Meru  branches  graced the occasion and  shared similar sentiments with Nthurima .

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