Hire ECDE teach­ers in Garissa – Dertu rep

One tu­tor teaches 70 nurs­ery school pupils, but the ra­tio should be less – MCA

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The Garissa govern­ment should fast­track the em­ploy­ment of nurs­ery school teach­ers as the bud­get es­ti­mates have been passed, Dertu MCA Abdi Ali has said.

MCAs unan­i­mously passed the 2016-17 Sh7 bil­lion bud­get es­ti­mates two weeks ago, four months af­ter re­ject­ing them.

They shot the bud­get down in June, ar­gu­ing that it did not ad­here to the ceil­ing adopted by the House in the county Fis­cal Strat­egy Paper 2016 as re­quired by the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act, 2012.

Ad­dress­ing the press in his ward on Thurs­day, Ali said the ra­tio of teach­ers to ECDE pupils is 1:70.

The MCA said the county should also in­crease ECDE cen­tres and class- rooms be­cause more chil­dren are be­ing en­rolled in nurs­ery school.

“The fa­cil­i­ties and learn­ing and teach­ing ma­te­ri­als should match the en­rol­ment,” he said.

Ali, who chairs the county assem­bly Com­mit­tee on Ed­u­ca­tion, urged the ex­ec­u­tive to en­hance the school feed­ing pro­gramme to re­tain stu­dents in school dur­ing the dry spell.

He urged the county to pro­vide ad­e­quate wa­ter in the schools through the wa­ter track­ing sys­tem, as the drought has led to short­ages in Garissa.

THE COUNTY SHOULD ALSO IN­CREASE THE NUM­BER OF CEN­TRES, CLASS­ROOMS AND LEARN­ING AND TEACH­ING MA­TE­RI­ALS, THE MCA SAYS

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