- During his tenure as KNUT boss, Wilson Sossion vehemently fought for teachers’ rights
- The former secretary-general clashed with the Teachers Service Commission and the Ministry of Education on several occasions
- On June 25, he quit the union citing frustrations from the state
Kenyans on social media have asked teachers to carry their own cross for forsaking former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary-general Wilson Sossion during his hour of need.
Wilson Sossion has officially announced his Bomet senatorial bid. Photo: Wilson Sossion. Source: Facebook
This comes at a time when the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has issued a directive that requires educators who handle pupils in the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) to attend refresher courses every five years or lose their teaching licences.
The commission has rolled out the Teacher Professional Development programme (TPD) which incorporates a deal with four universities to offer the training, sparking outrage from some tutors.
Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi tweeted:
“Teachers, you left Wilson Sossion to be fought to exhaustion by the state. KNUT withdrew all cases against the state when you replaced Sossion with a secretary of ‘your preferred choice’. Please, stop calling me to challenge the directive by TSC that you be trained afresh.”
Tony Gachoka wrote:
“Wilson Sossion gave all his heart, mind, and soul to KNUT, he never went to bed with the government. Teachers are regretting.”
“KNUT will never find a vibrant SG like Sossion. Teachers are on the cold now.”
Kibet Bernard added:
“The other day Wilson Sossion cried and told Kenyans that it was painful leaving KNUT. Now our teachers are feeling the pain. Sossion remains a true leader. They are missing him now.”
Sossion resigned from KNUT on Friday, June 25, stating he wanted to focus on his political ambitions
“I have outgrown KNUT. My responsibility now shifts to parliament, my business now is in parliament. For the remaining period of the 12th sections, I shall devote myself to work of National Assembly undivided,” he said.
He vowed to remain loyal to the union and always be available to advise and support its leadership.
“I trust that the government of Kenya as I exit it will find it necessary to allow the union’s dues to flow to the union again so that its members can have a better life,” Sossion said.
He was replaced by Collins Oyuu who was elected unopposed.