Nyeri County government has employed over 600 Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers as it moves to lay a firm foundation for education of young learners.
The program according to the county is to take away the burden from parents who have been paying for the teachers locking out the majority poor.
It has been a long and hard road for parents of ECDE pupils in Nyeri in their quest to secure the foundational education for their children, whose cost proved prohibitive for the poor.
The situation promises to improve immensely, with the county government’s move to fully handle ECDE.
Through the county Public Service Board, 604 ECDE caregivers have already been hired, with ongoing plans to absorb an extra 196 to improve the student-teacher ratio.
Speaking at the signing of the 1 year renewable contracts for the new caregivers, Governor Mutahi Kahiga revealed the county government’s commitment to provide extra funds towards putting up extra ECDE centers, improving the current 426 centers as well as providing teaching and learning materials.
The county government has also issued bursaries amounting to Sh. 40 million to some 11,338 students from universities, middle level colleges, secondary and special schools under the program dubbed Elimu Fund.