KISUMU County will hire 169 primary school teachers. The county executive for education, sports and culture Jennifer Kerre said the county has a shortfall of 700 teachers for early childhood development in all the public primary schools.
Speaking yesterday at Mama Ngina Children Home in Kisumu town, Kerre said the positions will be advertised in the 35 wards to ensure fair distribution of the opportunities. "We plan to hire teachers every year to meet the required teacher to child ratio," she said.
In the approved budget, education received sh 169 million for bursaries to the poor children in high schools, ECD, tertiary institutions and universities. She said that part of the money will be used for the construction of two ECD classrooms per ward in 2013/2014 financial year.
The county government, Kerre said, will give priority to vulnerable children especially those learning under deplorable conditions to enable them get quality education. Kerre said that hiring of the ECD teachers will be carried out annually to meet the county government target of 90 percent.
She further called upon all the stakeholders to ensure their children gets proper education that will improve their living standards. Kenya Communication of Sports Organisations chairman Mutua Muthusi yesterday donated foodstuffs, clothing and beddings worth sh 130,000 to the children.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also donated 20 litres of milk as his daily support to the 56 children in the institution. According to Kerre, Kenyatta started his milk program for the children in 2004 when he visited the institution.there are 562 ECDs in the county with a shortfall of 700 teachers.She said.