Speaker intervenes as Nyamira ECDE teachers’ contracts are terminated

A circular issued by the County’s education department said the teachers’ contracts expired at the end of May with Governor John Nyagarama saying he was not keen to have them retained any further.

Nyamira Assembly Speaker Moffat Teya has written to the Executive seeking answers on the fate of hundreds of ECDE teachers in the County whose contracts were terminated in May this year.

Speaking in his office, Teya said they had set aside sufficient funds to cater for the teachers’ salaries and the massive termination of contracts for teachers was ill thought by the executive.

Mr Teya said the Assembly has so far not been given any explanation as to why the tutors’ contracts were not renewed in the face of the allocations. “As far as the Assembly is aware, there had been budgetary allocation to the effect. It would be prudent that they resume work because the children are suffering,” said Teya.

He said refusing to renew their contracts by the executive was a step in the wrong direction.

ECDE, he said, plays a crucial role in laying the foundation for the learning process of children and it is important that administration gives it the necessary support.

“This is a fragile sector that must be handled.  It is at the ECDE that the learner is introduced into the learning environment and any mistakes done will be difficult to deal with it later,” he said.

A circular issued by the County’s education department said the teachers’ contracts expired at the end of May with Governor John Nyagarama saying he was not keen to have them retained any further.

Nyagarama said his government wanted to make drastic cuts on the wage bill and have balance left for development. “To streamline the public sector, I will not renew the contracts of over 500 ECDE teachers. We are working on a limited budget and the wage bill is too high,” he said.

The sacking of the ECDE teachers follows a similar move by the administration to send 1000 staff home to tame the wage bill. Speaker Teya says the Assembly recommends that the  ECDE teachers return to work as their case is being argued out.

“We appeal that they be allowed to go back to their work stations and be assured that there will be money for them soon,” said Teya.

The Assembly, said Teya, was  not only concerned about the 503 ECDE teachers and their families but also about the many young learners who will be missing out on education because their instructors are out of the stations.

Teachers’ union officials recently condemned the administration for sackings of the teachers. County Knut branch chief Nicholas Nyangau said schools across Nyamira County were already reeling with huge staff shortages and the sackings have worsened an already dire situation.

“The Governor should be thinking of investing more in education rather than mistreating the teachers who really try hard, in the face of harsh working conditions, to  leverage the education standards of the children,” he said.

At least 503 teachers had their contracts terminated by the administration

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