KUNNOPET To Take Siaya County To Court Over Schemes Of Service

The Kenya Union of Pre-Primary Education Teachers (KUNOPPET) is determined to proceed to court if the County Government of Siaya will not implement Early Childhood Development (ECD) schemes of service when hiring and remunerating teachers.

Speaking in Bondo, KUNOPPET National Chairperson Mr. Lawrence Otunga insisted that Siaya County should hire ECD teachers on Permanent and Pensionable terms and pay them based on their levels of qualification as provided in the ECD schemes of service.

“The law clearly states that each ECDE teacher should be remunerated according to their level of education. Those with certificates, diplomas and degrees should get pay packages that match their qualifications. Sadly, this is not happening in Siaya” Otunga explained.

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ECD teachers in Siaya County are currently employed on contracts and given flat rate salaries irrespective of their levels of education and qualification.

According to Otunga , KUNNOPET has held numerous meetings with Siaya’s County Executive Committee for education and other heads of departments to address concerns of ECD teachers have but the results have been empty promises.

He warned that if the County Government does not immediately address the plight of the suffering ECDE teachers, they will be left with no other option but to go to court.

“Employment of ECD teachers is not a favor. The teachers’ employment is provided by the law and therefore the schemes of service should be honored. We wonder why ECDE teachers in other counties like Kisumu or even Turkana are well remunerated while Siaya teachers’ suffer. Where does the county government of Siaya take the money meant to pay ECDE teachers?”  questioned Otunga.

Otunga’s concerns were echoed by Siaya county ECDE Chairman Tobias Aluso, ECDE union officials from Bondo Sub- county Doreen Obare and Christine Abade who swore never to relent in the pursuit for better terms of employment-for the ECD teachers.

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