Even after the Nyamira County government promised to pay ECDE teachers and give them their gratuity, the teachers have decried not to be paid for five months now
Early February, Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo restored learning in Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) centres that had stalled for over one and half years after the contracts of some teachers expired.
A group of ECDE teachers in Nyamira County told journalists yesterday that the county government had promised them to pay their salaries and arrears as well the gratuities which according to them has been a promise unfulfilled.
“It is like we are wasting our time because if we can work for five months without pay, then it means what we are doing has gone unrecognized by the county leadership. Our salaries, arrears and gratuities have not been paid and when we ask all we get are unending promises that we no longer want,” said one of the teachers in confidence.
Nyaribo ordered reopening of centres that had been non-operational due to lack of teachers to reopen back in February but the teachers have not been cleared their arrears which have made them protest to the county government.
“Paying our salaries and doing it in the required time was part of the good tidings Nyaribo announced for the teachers who have been sidelined by the county government for a long time now and whom he termed as important players in the education sector, but nothing is coming forth from the promises that the county boss made to the teachers,” said a teacher who never wanted her name mentioned.
In his address earlier, Nyaribo announced that all the 800 ECDE teachers in the county will soon receive their gratuities amounting to over Sh120 million.
“I am aware that all our ECDE teachers were supposed to receive their gratuities which amount to more than Sh120 million and I am assuring them that we shall factor the monies in our budget and soon they will get their dues,” the Governor said.
He also hinted at promoting some of the teachers who have good qualifications and have served for long periods to become supervisors who will be monitoring service delivery in the entire county which according to the affected teachers has not been done.
By Darlington Mose