Parents of children undertaking Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) in Nyeri have won reprieve after the county government made a commitment of shouldering the burden of paying their caregivers.
Towards this development, the government has absorbed some 604 caregivers into the County Public Service Board with improved terms of engagement, much to the relief of parents who have been bearing the cost.
Besides employing caregivers, Governor Mutahi Kahiga, said they have committed extra funds towards putting up extra ECDE centers, improving the current 426 centers as well as providing teaching and learning materials.
All this, the governor said, was aimed at progressively strengthening the ECDE, a program he noted played a pivotal role in providing a firm education foundation to the children.
I am persuaded that children who receive solid foundational education during their formative years perform better than those who do not, Kahiga who is also an educationist said.
Speaking on Tuesday at his offices where he oversaw the signing of contracts of the hired caregivers, the governor said plans were still ongoing of hiring an extra 196 caregivers to improve the pupil -teachers’ ratio.
The caregivers were hired on a one-year renewable contract subject to one’s performance.
At the same time, the governor issued bursaries amounting to Sh. 40 million to some 11,338 students from universities, middle level colleges, secondary and special schools under the program dubbed Elimu Fund.
He said plans were underway to increase the allocation to Sh. 100 million in the coming financial year to accommodate more needy cases, including those undertaking vocational training.
Kahiga also said they were working towards leveraging on technology to make the processing of the bursary awards more efficient and transparent.
Meanwhile, the government donated 18,000 packets of sanitary towels to over 7,155 girls in all public primary schools to ensure they continue attending classes without interruption as well as alleviate psychological torture on girls from poor backgrounds.
Source: Kenya News Agency