The Teachers Service Commission is terminating its 51-year-old agreement with the Kenya National Union of Teachers, citing shrinking membership.
Dr Nancy Macharia, the TSC chief executive, has written to the 60-year-old union notifying it of intention to “revoke the recognition agreement” in two months.
She says Knut does not have the majority of teachers employed by the TSC in its register and therefore cannot be recognised as a union.
“Take notice that in view of Section 54 of the Labour Relations Act, the commission has made the requisite application to the National Labour Board,” says the notice addressed to the union’s secretary general.
The notice is a severe escalation of the wars between the TSC and Knut mostly fought through courts and street protests by teachers.