In a bid to raise the education standard in the region, the County Government of Nakuru will soon be employing Early Childhood Development Education teachers.
The Education, ICT and e-government CEC Mr Raymond Komen has noted that the county was lagging behind in education ratings in the country for not taking into consideration early childhood education.
“It’s time we acknowledge that employing enough and qualifying teachers, building and equipping classroom is a major step towards achieving quality education in our county,” said Mr Komen.
He said Governor Lee Kinyanjui had authorized his office to place adverts in local dailies, not later than mid-February, calling for qualified residents to apply for available slots.
A recent study by Egerton University on factors affecting the quality of learning in ECDE institutions in the county revealed that nearly half of the teachers were unqualified.
The study by Wamukuru, David Kuria also highlighted that as of January 2014, most teachers in the county’s 774 public ECDE facilities were de-motivated by poor pay and working conditions.
Mr Komen said the county would also build and equip classrooms with necessary learning materials and other amenities such as toilets for teachers and pupils.
“In your public participation inputs, you should make sure that new classrooms have furniture and learning materials to accommodate 36 pupils as well as a tank to harvest rainwater for use,” he urged.
The CEC was speaking during the launch of Kabazi Ward 2018-2022 Strategic Plan at Kabazi DO Grounds on Friday.
Area MCA Dr Peter Mbae said the available ECDE teachers had decried poor and late payment as well as lack of funds to run the schools.
On education bursaries, Mr Komen said sub-counties were in their final phases of forming bursary committees to ensure fair and equitable distribution of funds to the deserving.
“The county will be distributing Sh58 million across all wards in the county in February as bursary for the needy students in boarding schools and colleges,” revealed Mr Komen.
He said the county was working towards establishing a sustainable free school feeding program, a move he said would encourage pupil from poor backgrounds to attend and rein in school.
He added that the county had built a resource centre in Subukia and equipped it with necessary infrastructure and was in the process of setting up a WiFi hotspot in Kabazi.
“It’s upon the youth and other scholars to visit the hub for research, e-government services and online job applications,” the CEC stated adding that the program would be rolled to all sub-counties.