The County Government of Uasin Gishu is planning to increase the salary that its Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers earn.
ECDE teachers in the county currently earn a salary of Ksh10,000 a month, but Governor Jackson Mandago says they will soon get better remuneration.
Speaking at the County Headquarters in Eldoret town when he presided over the disbursement of funds meant for the construction of ECDE centers, Mandago said his administration has already agreed with the Uasin Gishu County Assembly to allocate more funds that would facilitate a pay rise.
“ECDE teachers be assured that your welfare will be taken good care of by the county government. We have already agreed with the MCAs that your salary needs to be increased.”– Governor Mandago.
He, however, insisted that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) must step up and implement its role of employing the ECDE teachers on a permanent and pensionable basis.
Mandago said counties stepped in to employ the teachers on a contract basis as a temporary measure and allow TSC time to ensure it takes its full responsibility.
“National Government through TSC must take up the responsibility of recruitment, promotion, and training of teachers, including the ECDE ones.”– Governor Mandago.
The governor also revealed that the county’s Department of Education is in the process of developing a new policy that will help enhance access to Early Childhood Development Education.
One of the recommendations contained in the yet to be adopted policy will be a requirement that ECDE centers should not be more than 5 kilometers apart.
This is a requirement that Mandago hopes will help enhance access to education for the young ones.