The Star (Nairobi)

11 June 2012

Kenya: Sh6.9 Billion for Hiring Nursery Teachers

The Minister of Education requires Sh6.9 billion to enable it employ 25,000 Early Childhood Development teachers, PS George Godia has said. He said his ministry was waiting for Parliament to pass the budgetary allocation, adding that the 25,000 ECD centres in the country will get one teacher.

"This will go along way in helping to impart expertise required to develop education at the pre-primary level," said Godia.

Speaking at Samoei High school in Nandi East district during the Tinderet constituency prize-giving day at the weekend, Godia said his ministry is waiting for Parliament to pass another budgetary allocation of Sh15.4 billion for hiring 40,000 new teachers for both primary and secondary to address current shortage of teachers. "The teachers' shortage has now hit 80,000 in all our teaching public facilities in both primary and secondary. As a ministry, we have no objection in increasing the teachers but it is upon members of Parliament to approve the required funds and we roll out the recruitment," said Godia.

Kenya, the PS disclosed had already beat the targeted transition percentage as required under the Millennium Development Goals-MDG and that the countys Vision 2030 of 70 percent transition from primary to secondary. "Our country now has 74 percent transition rate from Primary and secondary against the 70 percent mark, this is very encouraging for us as a nation and we should be proud of it." The PS added.

He said the government in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development-USAID, were working to increase the number of ICT centre's the development of digitalized centres in 5,000 centres across the country. Prof. Godia who was accompanied by the host Member of Parliament Henry Kosgey, said the government was concerned at the rate at which children were taking away their lives over matters related to education.

The government through a circular to all officials of the provincial administration, have been directed to close down all bars, Kiosk suspected to be trading of dangerous substances be closed down forthwith to curb the distribution of hard drugs and alcohol among the children, Godia said. Parents and teachers have a cardinal duty to ensure that they develop close relationships with their students so that they are able to gauge and counsel them at the shortest time possible whenever they ear complains of certain things from them. "Parents should stop pressing on their children for performances beyond their capacities...the duty of the teachers is to actualize the potential of a students and any effort to press for more than they can hold could be tragic." The PS said.

Expounding of the new roles of county Education Commissioners-TSC and those posted by the ministry of education respectively, the PS said their duties are very explicit under the new guidelines and each should curry out ones duties with diligence and respect are per the new constitution clauses of devolution system of government. He challenged teachers on the other hand not to fear the performances contract saying it was not punitive measure rather a road map for teachers to achieve respective goals.

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