Nyamira Governor John Obiero Nyagarama has formed a seven member task force to look into Early Child Development Education (ECDE) instructors’ reinstatement dilemma orchestrated by an expiry tag.
The ECDE instructors’ contractual term had come to an end but Members of Nyamira County Assembly have petitioned that they be absorbed into permanent and pensionable terms without passing through the County Public Service Board for clearance.
The taskforce to be chaired by the Education and Vocational Training Executive Member Gladys Momanyi is tasked with the responsibility of carrying out physical headcount of all ECDE caregivers to ascertain their appointment letters and terms of contract, unearth the true number of all ECDE centers and streams in public primary schools in Nyamira County.
Further, the taskforce will analyze and reconcile all their professional credentials.
In a communication from the office of the Nyamira County Secretary and Head of Public Service Eric Onchana addressed to the Clerk of Nyamira County Assembly, Governor Nyagarama directs the taskforce to develop a staffing and supervision frame work at ECDE Centers, Ward and Sub county levels and establish implementation parameters of County Assembly Resolutions in consultation with County Assembly Education Committee and Public Service Board.
Governor Nyagarama’s task force formation comes barely a week after Nyamira County Assembly Speaker Moffat Teya communicated House instructions touching on the reinstatement of 502 ECDE Instructors whose contract had expired.
A letter from the Assembly speaker dated September 24th, 2019, and addressed to Governor Nyagarama, read in part thus “…as long as the ECDE teachers have not been reinstated, vetting of 9 nominees for the position of Chief Officers stands suspended, and that collection and verification of signatures for the impeachment of the Governor of Nyamira County to commence in the County Assembly due to failure to solve the matter of ECDE teachers”.
According to the Taskforce chairperson, there has been no immediate framework on the reinstatement of the affected ECDE instructors into the system could be done.
“Any other salient matter touching on the instructors or related to ECDE service delivery will be amicably handled by the formed taskforce,” said Ms. Momanyi adding that her committee findings will be presented to the governor in a week’s time.
On his part, Nyamira County Public Service Chairman DR. Peter Kereri said all interested candidates for the position of ECDE Instructors position will be given the attention and opportunity without favour or bias.
“It is the Public Service Board’s mandate and responsibility to help the county Government in the hiring process of the required human resources. Once a contract of an employee has ended, they are supposed to apply afresh upon us floating the employment request as demanded by the line department, said Kereri who is one among the taskforce members.
Other members of the task force include Public Service Management Executive Benard Osumo, Finance and Planning Executive Peter Muga, Acting Chief Officer Education Engineer Mecha Josephat, Acting Chief Officer Public Service Management (PSM) Thomas Nyariki, Director Internal Audit Mwencha Billy and ECDE Director Rachael Okongo.
Others are Assistant Director Administration Jackson Oluoch and his Governor’s office counterpart Thomas Ogoti form part of the secretariat.