The County Government of Nyamira recently concluded an exercise that involved the renewal of contracts for four hundred and seventy eight Early Child Development Education (ECDE) teachers which had expired in May.
The week long exercise involved members of the Public Service Board receiving and verifying of the certificates and subsequently signing of the contracts for a period of three years.
Ms Anne Mwasi, The Secretary and chief executive to the County Public Service Board gave an update on the ongoing exercise in which 478 ECDE teachers out of a possible 547 would have their contracts renewed.
“We are in the process of renewing contracts of 478 ECDE teachers for a period of three years as per the Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual 2016. The commissioners are involved in the Registration, Verification of certificates, Contract signing and Issuance of Appointment letters to the successful persons,” said Ms Mwasi.
However, there is a notable variance in the numbers of persons who will not have their contracts renewed. This she attributed to issues of retirement, absence of Teachers Service Commission (TSC) number, death and invalid certificates.
“There are challenges like delays in receiving of TSC numbers by some teachers, retirement of others and issues of invalid certificates,” She added.
Mrs Rachael Okong’o, The Director of Education expressed so much confidence in the process saying she is glad to have the teachers resume their duties once they received their appointment letters.
“I want to appreciate the teachers for their patience. As you receive these letters today, we hope you can go back to school next term and execute your duties. For those with additional qualifications, we hope to give promotions once we have a budget in place,” said Mrs Okong’o.
Speaking to Alphatyart Janai Ontobo, an ECDE teacher at Nyamachemange, Manga Sub-County expressed his joy upon the renewal of his contract.
“I am very pleased to have my contract renewed by the County Government after a long period of delay. We are committed to devote ourselves to offering the best to the learners across the county. I also want to appreciate the leadership of Governor John Obiero for the support he offered in distributing the assorted learning and teaching materials to our school through the department of Education and Vocational training,” said Ontobo.