If President Ruto approves the Education Taskforce’s recommendations, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) would begin recruiting Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers.
After presenting its final report to the president, the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) finished its mandate on Thursday, June 8th.
Despite the fact that the Council of Governors advocated hiring ECDE teachers on permanent contracts and paying individuals with certificates sh24387, diplomas sh34395, and graduates sh46,494 per month, this is not happening in most counties. In fact, many counties have yet to hire teachers on a permanent basis.
This means majority of ECDE teachers are working on contract terms and are paid varying salaries with the term ‘caregivers’ been used to refer to them.
This will be the second attempt to move employment of ECDE teachers to TSC after the initial one was thwarted by the Labour and Relations Court.
The constitution mandates TSC to register trained teachers and also recruit and employ those registered and assign them for service in any public school or institution. However Schedule 4 of the constitution outlines pre-primary and vocational training as functions of the County Governments.
County governments are mandated to oversee pre-primary education and childcare facilities, including the recruitment of the teachers.
Majority of ECDE teachers however want to be moved from counties payroll, saying it is discriminative and unpredictable.
The team led by Prof Raphael Munavu proposed a change in the role of TSC in managing the ECDE teachers once the proposal is adopted.
The team says ECDE teachers with Diplomas should be placed in same job group as Pl teachers and to be paid same salaries and allowances