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Teachers say they didn’t approve Kewota deductions

Wednesday June 19 2019

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TSC headquarters in Nairobi. A section of female secondary school teachers have reacted to the recently launched Kenya Women Teachers Association (Kewota), accusing it of forcibly enlisting members. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MACHARIA MWANGI
By MACHARIA MWANGI
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A section of female secondary school teachers have reacted to the recently launched Kenya Women Teachers Association (Kewota), accusing it of forcibly enlisting members.

The disgruntled teachers took to the social media platform to express their displeasure over a move to deduct deductions for Kewota membership from their monthly salaries without their consent.

MALWARE

Said of one of them, "My biggest worry is not the Sh200 but rather who approved/set up a malware to approve immediately a teacher clicks on the red alert and why?”

The teacher wondered how safe the Teachers Service Commission T-Pay portal, accusing Kewota of not having followed the normal process of getting membership.

"After its formation, Kewota raided the payslip even before its official launch. Were teachers supposed to fund all their activities including the launch?" wondered the teacher.

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The teachers said Kewota is being favoured by having its deductions booked on T-Pay portal as a loan without any documentation being scanned and uploaded.

AMBUSH

Another teacher termed the deductions as an ambush, arguing that it was virtually impossible for all the female teachers around the country to approve deductions at the same time.

The teachers threatened to take legal action over the unauthorised deductions, promising to put a fight in seeking justice.

"Teachers can put a good fight when it comes to their pay. We know our rights," added another disgruntled teacher.

They hinted at possible street protests over the unsanctioned deductions.