Governors push for sh4.3 billion to implement ECDE schemes of service

Governors push for sh4.3 billion to implement ECDE schemes of service
PP1 learners in a classroom

Governors are pushing for grants of up to Sh4.3 billion annually from the Treasury to address teacher remuneration challenges in pre-primary schools.

Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers are currently employed and remunerated under different terms of service, with some receiving a stipend instead of a salary.

Currently the highest paid ECDE teacher in a public school earns sh. 43,800 per month.

The lowest paid teacher in a public school earns sh. 7,500 monthly. The situation is pathetic in private schools where some teachers earn as low as sh. 2,000 as monthly salary.

The county chiefs say the provision of annual capital grants of Sh2,292 per learner will enable them effectively engage teachers on the terms prescribed in the scheme of service.

“There are 1,916,690 learners in ECDE centres currently, which translates to an annual grant of Sh4.39 billion,” Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga who chairs the Council of Governors’ (CoG) education committee told the Senate.

The schemes of service which was compiled by the Council of Governors (CoG), the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Ministry of Education was submitted to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) for evaluation and grading.

The Senate is investigating reports that most counties pay their pre-primary school teachers below the gazetted government minimum wage.

The Regulation of Wages Order 2018 prescribes the basic minimum monthly wages inclusive of housing allowance for Nairobi and other cities at Sh13,572.

Former municipalities and town councils are expected to pay ECDE teachers a minimum monthly wage of Sh12,522 and Sh7,240 for all other locations.

Governors push for sh4.3 billion to implement ECDE schemes of service
Statement by Nyandarua county on ECDE employment

Data from the CoG shows 42,457 ECDE teachers have been employed by county governments, 13,502 of who are on permanent and pensionable terms, while 28,955 are on three-year contracts.

Counties recruit ECDE teachers through the County Public Service Boards (CPSB) in line with the ECDE Teachers’ Scheme of Service launched in 2018.

Budgetary constraints have however made it difficult for the devolved units to pay the teachers efficiently amid the rising cost of living in an economy reeling from Covid pandemic induced shocks.

The devolved units are grappling with a Sh2.08 billion annual budget gap for the full implementation of the scheme of service for ECDE teachers.

Currently eleven counties have agreed to implement the ECDE schemes of service after the July 2022 budget.

Nyandarua and Homabay counties are the latest counties to join others who have agreed to implement the document.

Other counties which have agreed to the document are Bomet, Embu, Kwale, Tana River, Narok, Kericho, Turkana, Kilifi and Wajir.

Governors note the proposed grant will have nine key budget lines including learning resources, teacher guides, teaching and learning aids, stationery and staff maintenance.

Governors push for sh4.3 billion to implement ECDE schemes of service
Homabay County agreeing to implement the document

Below is the highlight of how ECDE teachers will be paid should the schemes of service be implemented fully.

BASIC SALARY

New DesignationJob group as per SoSSRC equivalent job groupBasic salary as per SRC
Assistant ECDE Teacher IIIFC130,441
Assistant ECDE Teacher IIGC237,561
Assistant ECDE Teacher IHC344,040
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher III JC452,220
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher II KC561,373
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher IILD190,336
ECDE Teacher III HC344,040
ECDE Teacher IIJC452,220
ECDE Teacher IKC561,373
Senior ECDE Teacher III LD190,336
Senior ECDE Teacher II MD298,607
Senior ECDE Teacher I ND3114,674
Graduate ECDE Teacher III KC561,373
Graduate ECDE Teacher II LD190,336
Graduate ECDE Teacher IMD298,607
Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher IIND3114,674
Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher I
(Assistant Director)
PD4135,243
Senior Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher
(Deputy Director)
QD5144,760
Chief Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher
(Director)
RE1175,261

HOUSE ALLOWANCE

New DesignationJob group as per SoSSRC equivalent job groupHouse allowance
Assistant ECDE Teacher IIIFC14,500
Assistant ECDE Teacher IIGC26,750
Assistant ECDE Teacher IHC36,750
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher III JC410,000
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher II KC516,500
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher IILD128,000
ECDE Teacher III HC36,750
ECDE Teacher IIJC410,000
ECDE Teacher IKC516,500
Senior ECDE Teacher III LD128,000
Senior ECDE Teacher II MD228,000
Senior ECDE Teacher I ND335,000
Graduate ECDE Teacher III KC516,500
Graduate ECDE Teacher II LD128,000
Graduate ECDE Teacher IMD228,000
Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher IIND335,000
Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher I
(Assistant Director)
PD445,000
Senior Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher
(Deputy Director)
QD545,000
Chief Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher
(Director)
RE150,000

COMMUTER ALLOWANCE

New DesignationJob group as per SoSSRC equivalent job groupCommuter allowance
Assistant ECDE Teacher IIIFC13,000
Assistant ECDE Teacher IIGC24,000
Assistant ECDE Teacher IHC34,000
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher III JC44,000
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher II KC55,000
Senior Assistant ECDE Teacher IILD16,000
ECDE Teacher III HC34,000
ECDE Teacher IIJC44,000
ECDE Teacher IKC55,000
Senior ECDE Teacher III LD16,000
Senior ECDE Teacher II MD28,000
Senior ECDE Teacher I ND38,000
Graduate ECDE Teacher III KC55,000
Graduate ECDE Teacher II LD16,000
Graduate ECDE Teacher IMD28,000
Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher IIND38,000
Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher I
(Assistant Director)
PD412,000
Senior Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher
(Deputy Director)
QD514,000
Chief Principal Graduate ECDE Teacher
(Director)
RE116,000

This month two counties i.e. Nakuru and Mandera have advertised for employment of ECDE teachers. Nakuru county government has advertised 300 slots while Mandera has advertised 150 slots.

LIST OF TOP TEN BEST PAYING AND POORLY PAYING COUNTIES FOR ECDE TEACHERS

TOP TEN BEST PAYING COUNTIES FOR ECDE TEACHERS

1. Kilifi county 24,000 (Certificate) 35,000 (Diploma)

2. Tana River county 24,000 (Certificate) 32,000 (Diploma)

3. Embu county 33,000 (Certificate) 37,000 (Diploma)

4. Turkana county 31,662 (Certificate) 34,662 (Diploma)

5. Kajiado county 25,000 (Certificate) 35,000 (Diploma)

6. Garissa county 35,000 (Certificate) 42,300 (Diploma)

7. Kwale county 25,000 (Certificate) 32,000 (Diploma)

8. Kiambu county 25,000 (Certificate) 28,000 (Diploma)

9. Kisumu county 31,880 (Certificate) 34,900 (Diploma)

10. Bungoma county 25,000 (Certificate) 32,000 (Diploma)

TOP TEN POORLY PAYING COUNTIES FOR ECDE TEACHERS

1. Kericho county 8,000 (Flat rate for Certificate and Diploma)

2. Baringo county 10,000 (Certificate) 11,000 (Diploma) 12,000 (Degree)

3. Nyandarua county 10,000 (Flat rate for Certificate, Diploma and Degree)

4. Nyeri county 12,650 (Flat rate for Certificate, Diploma and Degree)

5. Makueni county 12,000 (Certificate) 14,000 (Diploma)

6. Narok county 12,000 (Certificate) 14,000 (Diploma) 16,000 (Degree)

7. Nandi county 10,000 (Certificate) 12,000 (Diploma) 15,000 (Degree)

8. Kitui county 9,000 (Certificate)12,000 (Diploma)

9. Laikipia county 10,000 (Flat rate for Certificate, Diploma and Degree)

10. Uasin Gishu county 10,000 (Flat rate for Certificate, Diploma and Degree)

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