Makueni County Elevates ECDE Teachers to Permanent Employment

In a landmark move aimed at recognizing and uplifting Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers, Makueni County has hired 497 ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. This initiative, marking the first phase of the hiring program, brings a sense of security and dignity to educators who had been employed between 2014 and 2017 without specific salary structures.

Phase One Achievements

Out of the 497 teachers, 358 have already received their appointment letters, showcasing the county’s commitment to prompt action. Even those beyond 58 years of age, numbering 7, have been included in this phase. Additionally, 132 teachers are awaiting confirmation upon submission of the required documents, further demonstrating the inclusivity of this employment drive.

Governor’s Vision for ECDE Sector

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr. emphasized the significance of recognizing and improving the lives of ECDE teachers, who have played a crucial role in shaping the foundation of children’s education. He applauded the efforts of ECDE teachers and expressed his commitment to ensuring that they enjoy the benefits that other government employees receive.

Governor Mutula highlighted the upcoming second phase, aiming to employ an additional 458 teachers who have served between 2018 and 2023. He reassured the ECDE sector’s permanence within county governments, emphasizing the Council of Governors’ dedication to its welfare.

Modernization Plans for ECDE Centers

Governor Mutula announced plans to modernize and equip the 1,197 ECDE centers in Makueni, emphasizing the importance of providing a comfortable learning environment for children. He expressed the intention to replace traditional chalkboards with whiteboards, signifying a commitment to modern teaching methods.

Strategic Plan for Education

The county’s CEC for Education, ICT, and Internship, Elizabeth Muli, revealed that Makueni County is on the verge of launching a 5-year Strategic Plan for education. This strategic initiative aims to provide a comprehensive framework for the continuous improvement of the education sector.

Commendations and Appreciation

Lawrence Otunga, the National Chairperson of the Kenya Union of Pre-Primary Education Teachers (KUNOPPET), commended Governor Mutula for answering the prayers of ECDE teachers. The employment initiative brings an end to the challenges of being underpaid and undermined for an extended period, providing a brighter and more secure future for the educators.

Joyce Mutisya, one of the ECDE teachers, expressed her gratitude for the county government’s gesture, citing 17 years of challenges. The increase in salary, from Ksh10,000 to Ksh40,000, signifies a significant improvement in the livelihoods of these dedicated educators.

Final Thoughts

Makueni County’s decisive action in hiring ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms not only addresses the long-standing challenges faced by these educators but also reflects a commitment to the crucial role they play in shaping the educational foundation of children. As the county moves forward with its modernization and strategic plans, it sets a positive precedent for recognizing and prioritizing the welfare of ECDE teachers in Kenya.

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