ECD teachers go for 10 months without pay
27 October 2015, 13:15
Vihiga - Early Childhood Development Education (ECD) teachers in Vihiga want the county government to pay them their 10-month salaries.
The teachers said the county government promised them a top up grant two years ago and since then, communities that used to pay them stopped.
“The teachers are highly frustrated and stressed because despite staying in schools teaching the whole day, they do not get anything in return. We were told to be patient as we would be paid in lump sum, but this is not coming forth,” said Ann Amuko, the county ECD teachers’ association chair.
She added, “Since when we were promised the top up grants, we have been only paid twice and for the other 10 months, it has been a disaster for the teachers.”
She said that last year, teachers were only paid once and then they got nothing more from the county government.
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They held peaceful demonstrations in Mbale town to the county government headquarters where they were addressed by Governor Moses Akaranga.
Akaranga was shocked that the teachers have not been paid the KES 5 000 top up grant despite the existence of a payroll for them.
“If my officers continue behaving this way, I will have no other option than sack them because this is nonsense,” an angry Akaranga said.
He added, “I thought the teachers are on payroll and are enjoying the top up grant as promised to them.”
He ordered for the education ministry officials in the county to solve the issue and pay the teachers as promised.
However, director of education in the county government Margaret Mbuni said the chief accountant had instructed her to make a payroll for teachers with the Kenya National Examinations Council certificates different from those with Ministry of Education certificates and those who have not got any certificates.
“The chief accountant said only those teachers with Knec certificates will be paid,” said Mbuni.
The county has been heavily relying on voluntary ECD teachers most of whom have no basic training in the sector, but have been contracted by the community.
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