TSC To Start Recruiting ECDE Teachers In The Field. The Presidential Education Taskforce has brought recommendations before the president . If the president adopts the recommendations, as previously adopted, ECDE teachers will be the highest beneficiaries.
The report proposes that Early Childhood and Development Education teachers should be hired by the Teachers service commission just like other teachers.
The allocated tenure for the presidential taskforce on education reforms ended yesterday. This was after presenting the final recommendations it came up with. It should be noted that it’s the same taskforce that recommended the government to domicile junior secondary schools in existing primary schools.
Additionally, the taskforce recommended for hiring of more than 35000 teachers.
Initially, the council of governors had advocated for counties to hire ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. The council also gave out salary scales for these teachers with certificates, diplomas and degrees.
TSC To Start Recruiting ECDE Teachers In The Field
Those with certificates are supposed to be paid sh 24837, those with diploma to earn sh 34395 while those with degrees to get sh 46494. However, it is sad that majority of counties never implemented that.
The sad reality is a good number of counties are yet to hire these teachers on permanent terms. This means that these teachers are hired on contract basis and receive salaries that vary.
Initially, an attempt to get the ECDE teachers employed by TSC was opposed by the Labour and Relations Court. This will be the second attempt to try and have these teachers employed by the teachers service commission.
The constitution clearly indicates that TSC needs to register qualified teachers. Thereafter, these teachers need to be hired and posted to public institutions across the country. However, pre primary and vocational education are based under the county government activities.
This indicates that county governments are the ones constitutionally mandated to hire ECDE teachers. However, these teachers are pushing to be removed from the payroll of the county as they seem it unfair and unpredictable.
Once the taskforce report is approved, it means ECDE teachers will be transferred and start working under TSC. The team suggests that P1 and ECDE teachers with the same qualifications of diplomas need to be recruited and work together and categorized in the same job group.
In addition they should enjoy and get similar wages and benefits. Once the president approves the report, we shall notify you immediately.