COG opposes ECDE teachers recruitment proposals

Written By: Brenda Czeda
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The Council of Governors has expressed opposition to proposals by Early Childhood Development Education teachers to have their recruitment process reverted back to the Teachers Service Commission.

Governors’ council education committee Chair Paul Chepkwony says it would be a complex process to achieve the prayer with the constitution having already transferred the function to county governments.

The over 1,000 Early Childhood Development Education Teachers from 47 counties were in Nairobi for their first joint ECDE consultative meeting between their employer the governors and Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

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A consultative meeting that would see the teachers demand for a scheme of service to end what they claimed was discrimination.

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The teachers now claim that some of them have no job groups despite being on contract for years.

Citing inadequate learning materials, deficient infrastructure, poor remuneration and delay in release of their pay, the ECDE teachers demanded that TSC takes over the employment of ECDE teachers while counties take care of policies.

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The Council of Governors however says lack of proper ECDE implementation and teachers employment cannot be blamed on county governments but on national government’s inadequate funding.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed says the ministry has requested World Bank for funds to establish four ECDE centres for training ECDE teachers.

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Bomet County Governor Joyce Laboso has in the meantime launched the first 79 ECDE classrooms in phase one of the county’s education reforms plan.

The 79 ECDE schools will also be provided with text books with Laboso saying another 186 classrooms which had stalled are set to be constructed in the second phase each costing one million shillings.

 

 

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