The County Government of Kiambu has up scaled the terms and conditions for Early Childhood development and education teachers (ECDE) to permanent and pensionable inclusive of medical cover.
During a ceremony for translation of their terms held at the County Government grounds yesterday, the Governor of Kiambu County Dr.James Nyoro lauded the work the early childhood have been engaged in the formative stage for decades saying it gave the toddlers a good and strong foundation.
“This foundation ended up being vital to the children as they progressed to the upper classes and it is important that the teachers were recognized by the government” he stated
Governor Nyoro empathizes with the ECDE teachers for the hard work and patience they have exhibited for years noting that they were important to the society as they had continued to perform their duties relentlessly despite the merger wages they were drawing from their employer. On this note, he advised the teachers to proceed and register a Sacco calling it ECDE’S Corporative Society. “Upon registration, I will give one million shillings to start off the venture”
He said that after consultation with line departments, the teachers were now going to enjoy the perks of professionals and that this is going to empower them to plan for their future without engaging in side hustlers to eke a living since they were the makers of the future for the children.
Governor Nyoro reiterated the importance of the cadre of teachers saying they played an important role that cannot be ignored at any one time and promised that he was going to make their working environment conducive so that they also felt appreciated.
In his quest to improve the education sector for learners Governor Nyoro also he promised that he will continue to support in the improvement of infrastructure.
He explained that he will spearhead additional funds in the 2021/2022 financial year budget that will go towards renovation of all the ECDE’s units in Kiambu County.
He noted that he had big plans of refurbishing them to replicate the modern one located in Uthiru and that all sub-counties will have their own.
Water which is a precious commodity and important in keeping at bay coronavirus through continued hand washing will also be connected to all schools alongside playgrounds so that children can enjoy their stay in school.
The County boss further expressed concern at that low level of education standards in Kiambu County saying that he was working round the clock with the education board towards improving the sector.
The employee letters that were issued to the teachers excited them and the jubilation is envisaged to further improve their performance at their workplace.
The colorful occasion was graced by the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education Ms Mary Kamau, the Chairman of the union of teachers Mr. Tom Kangethe and the accounting officer of department of Education, Gender, Culture and social services John Thuku among other distinguished dignitaries.
by Lydia Shiloya/Harriet Ngami