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Leaders want ECDE teachers recruited, paid

04 August 2014, 15:45 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Leaders in Vihiga County want the county governments and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to end their impasse on recruitment of Early Childhood Development Education teachers so that those who are already in the profession can start benefiting.

Led by Sabatia Mp Alfred Agoi, and a member of the county assembly Gladys Analo, the leaders said that the standoff has been long overdue to the disadvantage of the teachers.

“The two bodies should end the stalemate and start employing ECDE teachers who have been waiting since early last year,” said Agoi.

He noted that the initiative by county government to give the ECDE teachers some payment for the work they have been doing was commendable and that if TSC is to employ them, they should hasten the process.

Mrs Analo noted that there are many ECDE teachers who have dedicated their lives and duty towards getting the best out of young children, and denying them some better treatment is not called for.

“In the past, the teachers have not been considered to be doing any form of work and they only depended on the parents’ mercies for payment. But now that the county governments wanted to give them some token and then TSC stopped their employment, the two bodies should make amends and see to it that the teachers are employed,” she said.

The leaders spoke at Ikobero Secondary School during a thanksgiving ceremony over the weekend.    

ECDE teachers in Vihiga County were to start earning a token of KES 5 000 per month as plans to fully accommodate them into the new system of governance were being structured, something which has never been implemented due to the standoff.

The MP said that one of the roles of devolution was to make sure that Kenyans who are engaged at the grassroots are recognised.

Agoi noted that many ECDE teachers in the county are trained professionals who are not recognized for the work that they are doing and thus demeaning their profession.

Most of the teachers opt to start their own schools where they pay themselves or to teach in private institutions where the pay is better.

Education management in the country has been at the loggerheads following turf wars between the county executives for Education and county representatives from Teachers Service Commission.

The standoff has been on the recruitment of ECDE teachers by county governments, with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) insisting that TSC should be involved.

In the past, Chairman of Transition Authority, Kinuthia Wamwangi has however dispelled the notion held by TSC, stating that ECDE teachers’ recruitment has been devolved to the counties.

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