Early childhood education grounded with no teachers or facilities
MCAs’ outrageLast week, debate on the contracts of the ECDE tutors came up in the county assembly with MCAs expressing outrage over the current state of affairs. The ward representatives gave Education Executive Gladys Momanyi seven days to reinstate the teachers and pay them their delayed salaries. “We cannot sit and watch our children miss out on their fundamental rights while people idle in offices,” Speaker Moffat Teya said. Ms Momanyi, however, said the county government was engaged in a vetting process before the teachers could be handed new contracts. “The governor is doing something about the situation. It would be wise to give him time to finish what he is doing before we complain,” Momanyi said. The ECDE teachers’ pay has also elicited concern after it emerged that their salary scale is far below what could be considered fair remuneration. “We earn far much less than cleaners of the county who are not skilled. This is very demoralising,” said Kerubo Auga, one of the teachers who was sent home. Ms Kerubo said she was paid Sh12,000 a month, adding that she had not received her salary since June. Asked to comment about the poor pay, Momanyi said she could not “pre-empt what Mr Nyagarama was doing in addressing all the issues affecting ECDE teachers”. The governor could not be reached for comment on the ongoing crisis. There are 400 ECDE centres across the county against a population of about 1,200 teachers. For now, parents and teachers will have to continue waiting before they can know the way forward regarding staffing, salaries of teachers as well as the much-awaited construction of modern learning facilities.
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