Bomet county ECDE teachers down tools over poor pay

Bomet county ECDE teachers down tools over poor pay

Bomet county nursery school teachers are a frustrated lot. The Early Childhood and Development Education (ECDE) teachers are on strike over poor pay and numerous deductions which has shrinked their small pay.

The teachers say their governor Hillary Barchok has no interest in enhancing their pay by implementing the schemes of service for ECDE teachers and employing them on permanent terms.

The teachers have lamented over the effects of the high cost of living and inflation which has eaten into their meager pay. They want their salaries to be reviewed to cushion them.

Bomet county is among the worst county for an ECDE teacher to work. Others include Machakos, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kisii, Migori, Kitui, Makueni, Bungoma, Nandi, Embu, Kakamega and Nakuru.

However there is light at the end of the tunnel as county education officials are now on toes to address the teachers issues.

They have promised to reinstate a number of teachers whose contracts were terminated. Also they said they will implement the schemes of service for ECDE teachers.

Should the county the scheme of service the teachers will pay the new deductions like house levy, provident fund with ease.

Last year in April, governor Barchok said Bomet county will continue to provide free milk to a total of its 56,000 children in 1,221 ECDE centres spread across the county.

The programme which was first rolled out in February 2022 will run for a period of four and a half months in first phase with milk provided by new Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC).

According to a statement by Bomet county Chief Accounting Officer, Nicholus Barich, the Ward Coordinators will manage all the milk in their wards to ensure no school misses out.

Bomet county joins other counties including Nairobi, Mombasa and Nyandarua which launched a similar programme in their counties.

Bomet has positioned herself as a dairy county due to the quality and quantity of milk produced.

The Bomet milk is being supplied to ECDE centres in packets of 200ml twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday.

Bomet Governor, Hillary Barchok, said the programme is geared towards keeping the children healthy as well as in school.

Barchok said farmers will reap from the programme by supplying milk while Bodaboda riders will earn by delivering the milk boxes in various centres.

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