The Star (Nairobi)

22 March 2014

Kenya: North Rift Counties Hire 2,000 ECD Teachers

UASIN Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet counties have employed more than 2,000 Early Childhood Development Education teachers. Uasin Gishu hired 1,000 while the rest are employed by Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet.

ECD teachers in Uasin Gishu were hired on contract by county education department. Governor Jackson Mandago said the teachers will receive their first salaries next month. He said the county government will support the ECD programme by equipping local schools.

"The ECDEs will help us to set a firm foundation in the county's education sector as we seek to improve education standards," Mandago said. He said the number of hired ECD teachers is inadequate and that more wll be hired next year. "All primary schools in the county will each have an ECD school according the education plan for the county," Mandago said.

He said plans are underway to build more secondary schools in the county to boost child enrolment. Mandago said this will increase the number of children transiting from primary to secondary schools. The county was ranked tenth countrywide in the just released KCSE exams for last year but Mandago says education stakeholders will work to improve the results as from this year.

Neighbouring Elgeyo Marakwet County has emerged as one of the best performers countrywide in both the KCPE and the KCSE exams. The county government has employed 400 teachers most of whom will be deployed in Early Childhood Education (ECD) Schools. Speaking in Eldoret education executive Morris Rotich said the hiring is the first move by the county government to improve basic education in the county.

He said the schools will be staffed on the basis of their needs as some have a higher population of children compared to others. The area was ranked was ranked second in KCPE and third in KCSE. Governor for the area Alex Tolgos has also vowed to ensure the good results are improved further.

Nandi Governor Cleophas Lagat says his administration will help to support girls from poor families to complete their education apart from hiring teachers for schools to improve results in exams.

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