Story/Reuben Olita

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has revealed that Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers will receive salary hike.

Addressing mourners during the burial of retired ECDE teacher the late Kevina Apali Ekeya, 69, at Ng’elechom in Teso South Sub County on Saturday, the Governor said ECDE teachers play a crucial role in moulding learners.

“My Government will increase their salaries to match other teachers. I want ECDE teachers to own cars like other teachers considering that they are doing a good job at the grassroots,” he said.

He noted that his government which has at least two ECDE teachers who are employed by the county government in every public ECDE centre will ensure each public school has an ECDE classroom this financial year.

Busia county employed 439 teachers on a permanent basis beginning February, 2020 with plans to the same to over 500 who are still on contract.

The 439 instructors were hired in 2017 and offered a two-year contract that ended in December 2019. After their absorption into the system, another 559 were employed on contract.

The Governor said the move to improve the status of ECDE teachers is aimed at stabilising early learning and setting a strong base for children’s education.

On May 29, 2019, HE Ojaamong launched the distribution of ECDE instructional material across the county, saying his administration was dedicated to employing a sufficient number of ECDE educators.

The Council of Governors’ summit is still lobbying with President Uhuru Kenyatta for the national government to take over the payment of ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.

The ECDE subsector of education is guided by the ECDE Policy, which seeks to ensure children enrolled for the programme get education geared towards the development of their mental and physical capabilities.

It also envisages at making sure early learners enjoy living and learning through play, besides uplifting their self-esteem and self-confidence.

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