Narok County Confirms 843 ECDE Teachers To Permanent Basis Employment.
The Narok County Government has confirmed 843 Early Childhood Development (ECDE) teachers as permanent and pensionable employees.
The teachers were hired on a three-year contract that could be extended based on their individual performance.
Narok Governor, Samuel Ole Tunai, stated during the Education forum held at William Ole Ntimama stadium that the initiative aimed at boosting teachers’ morale in shaping the future of young children at a young age.
He stated that building a house is pointless unless the foundation is properly laid, so he urged teachers to lay a good foundation for young children.
“The teachers play a big role in the foundation of the learners, and this is a great motivation to them. We are not only confirming the terms of employment for caregivers in the County but solidifying the foundation of early education here in Narok,” added Governor Tunai.
Tunai urged the teachers to take their jobs seriously, claiming that the children were keenly watching their every move and lamenting that some teachers were arriving late to school, causing the children to mimic their tardiness.
“You as a caregiver should act as a role model to the children of this County. If you always arrive in class at 11 am, the child will think that, the official time of reporting to work. It is not what you teach that your children follow but what you do,” said Tunai.
The Governor stated a second time that his administration will provide porridge or milk to young children while they are in school so that they can concentrate in class and grow in health.
He reiterated that the previous method of hiring teachers on a three-year contract was very demotivating because teachers were always concerned about the next move.
“I expect you (teachers) to now concentrate in class and shape the future of these young children who entirely depend on you. No one should be pushed around to do what he or she is supposed to do,” said Tunai.
The new employment terms, according to Narok Public Service Board Chairperson John Ole Kimanjo, will take effect in January 2022.
Ole Kimanjo stated that ECDE is an important program that aims to ensure that all children receive the best and highest quality education possible in order for them to develop lifelong adaptability, innovation, and effective communication skills.
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Mutuku Mwenga, Narok Deputy County Commissioner, who represented Commissioner Evans Achoki, stated that the National Government is building modern classrooms in preparation for a double intake in junior secondary schools in 2023.
Also in attendance were Narok Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa, County Executive Member in Charge of Education Cecilia Wapari, Maasai Mara University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. James Ole Nampushi, and a slew of County Assembly Members.