Kisumu County has hired 665 Early Childhood Education (ECD) teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.
The teachers have been working on contract basis, with some having been hired in 2015.
“As a reward for the good job, they have done to our children, my Cabinet has decided to put all the 665 ECDE teachers a cross the seven Sub Counties, on PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE employment terms,” said Nyong’o.
Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o on Friday, June 3, issued appointment letters to the teachers.
The move, Nyong’o said, was in line with boosting the viability of the sector.
As a reward for the good job, they have done to our children, my Cabinet has decided to put all the 665 ECDE teachers a cross the seven Sub Counties, on PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE employment termsAnyang’ Nyong’o
“We have done this to motivate and enable them plan well as they realize their career development,” he said.
He added: “We want you to be role models in villages where you come from. You will no-longer be worried about renewal of your contracts.”
“Now, you are credit worthy and can walk into a bank and take a loan for personal developments.”
Nyong’o said the hiring exercise was undertaken in strict observance of labour laws and all relevant legal statutes.
“This is also in line with the resolutions of the Council of Governors (COG) in the ECDE sector during their meeting on 20th December, 2021,” he said.
The move puts Kisumu in the league of counties which have had their ECD teachers get permanent and pensionable terms.
Others are; Busia, Nyandarua, Nakuru and Bungoma.
The teachers will however be under six months’ probation period before their contracts can be effected.
“We are aware and appreciate the enormous task you perform in nurturing the young Kenyans. However, we expect you to discharge your duties with a lot of professionalism and decorum never witnessed before,” said Nyong’o.
He added: “I expect you to prove to me that the Cabinet and the Public Service Board did not make a mistake by giving you Permanent and pensionable terms. We all expect you to give out your best from today.”
Kisumu County has 684 ECD Centres, of which 627 are anchored in Primary Schools and 57 are stand- alone public ECD centres.
The public ECD centres have a total enrollment of 52,818 children of whom 26,003 are girls and 26,815 are boys.
We are aware of 112 ECD centres don’t have county teachers but we have a plan to employ and post the teachers equitably in every centreNyong’o
The hiring of the teachers adds to a raft of development initiatives the county government has implemented in then sector.
Some of the initiatives include feeding program, infrastructure development, ECD capitation, hygiene, sanitation and disease control, ECD furniture and teacher management.
“We are aware of 112 ECD centres don’t have county teachers but we have a plan to employ and post the teachers equitably in every centre,” said Nyong’o.