Counties Allegedly Decline to Pay ECDE Teachers As Per the ECDE Schemes of Service
A section of ECDE teachers is pointing fingers at the Governors for partially implementing the ECDE schemes of service for teachers.
According to the teachers, the governors are only placing ECDE teachers in the counties on permanent and pensionable terms and not implementing the salary components as agreed.
The new scheme of service dictate that the lowest teacher (job group F) who is a certificate holder, should earn sh. 21,950 as gross pay.
Those with Diploma are placed in job group G and should be paid a gross salary of sh. 34,395 while graduates are placed in group K and are to earn sh. 46,494 monthly.
An ECDE teacher from Nyandarua confirmed that though his county has done good to place 381 teachers on permanent terms the salary paid is against the scheme of service.
In May, Nyandarua county moved a total of 381 ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.
The teachers were employed on a permanent and pensionable basis and each will earn Sh10,000 monthly.
This however is against the scheme of service that was approved by the Council of Governors (CoG) together with Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
They are now employed on permanent and pensionable terms by the County Public Service Board in Kisumu and were issued with confirmatory letters of appointment.
However, the governor did not fully implement the scheme of service despite doubling the salaries of the teachers from the 684 ECDE centres located in the county.
On 27th May 2022 Migori governor, Zachary Okoth Obado, moved a total of 589 ECDE teachers in his counties on a permanent and pensionable terms.
Obado too did not fully implement the scheme of service for ECDE teachers to include the required salaries.
Its same story with other counties including Taita Taveta, Bomet, Nyeri, Makueni, Kitui, Baringo, Nandi, Laikipia, Uasin Gishu, Homabay, Embu, Narok, Kericho, Kilifi and Wajir.
The scheme of service came to life after the ECDE bill which was first tabled in 2014 was passed by the Senate and assented by President Uhuru Kenyatta last year.
Some teachers have however praised this move saying its a step towards the right direction. They are hopeful that the next step will be to implement the new salary component.