Ruling on ECDE teachers ‘late but welcome’
Governor Jama says the case undermined learning, urges parents to enrol children
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama has welcomed the High Court’s ruling in favour of counties hiring Early Childhood Development and Education teachers.
Jama said his administration will move with speed and employ more ECDE teachers. He said the county had constructed 180 ECDE classrooms in 90 centres and employed 180 teachers in all subcounties. The ruling was made last week in Nairobi.
The dispute over who should hire ECDE teachers has been in court since 2014. The Kenya National Union of Teachers moved to court to stop what it said was “infringement on the roles of the Teachers Service Commission” by the counties.
Through lawyer John Mutika, the union said most counties advertised to recruit nursery school teachers, a role, it said, is the preserve of TSC. Knut said the commission is mandated by the Constitution, citing Article 237 and 252 and the TSC Act 2012.
It also accused counties of hiring unregistered teachers in contravention of the Constitution. Then High Court judge Isaac Lenaola, currently of the Supreme Court, suspended the recruitment, pending conclusion of the case.
Jama addressed 85 ECDE teachers on Saturday, when he presided over the closing ceremony of a three-day capacity building workshop on improving the quality of integrated services at the ECDE centres. He said the ruling was long overdue.
Jama said the case had far-reaching effects on children, as they could not hire teachers, despite the glaring need to do so. He described existing statistics as “not pleasing at all” and urged parents, especially those in remote areas, to make good use of the ECDE facilities by enrolling their children.
“The county is geared towards ensuring every child has access to quality basic education. Parents need to register their children in these institutions,” Jama said.
Unicef and Garissa are implementing an integrated early childhood education in 10 model centres in three subcounties.
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama and Education executive Mohamed Aden during the last day of the three-day workshop for ECDE teachers at a Garissa hotel on Saturday