The County Government of Busia has employed 450 extra Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers bringing to 891 the total number of teachers employed since 2017.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong presided over the issuance of appointment letters to the beneficiaries at Busia Agricultural Training Centre also attended by his Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, First Lady Judy Ojaamong and Speaker Bernard Wamalwa.
The Governor, who also commissioned the distribution of ECDE instructional material, said his administration has done a commendable job by employing a good number of ECDE teachers, thus making it a very big project in the county.
The County CEO said the Council of Governors’ summit will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta next over prospects of the National Government taking over the payment of ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable basis.
On bursaries, the governor said his Government will receive Sh40million for education bursary, telling the Members of the County Assembly to prepare the list of beneficiaries from their wards.
County Public Service Board chair Assumpta Obore said apart from the 450 newly employed, 14 more were hired to fill the vacancies of those who left on their own volition or through attrition, adding that 20 more will be employed to bring the total number to 911.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi thanked the Governor for the support he has given in the development of education in the county.
Speaker Bernard Wamalwa told the new teachers that the future of ECDE learners depends on them to shape their lives, adding that the assembly will play its role in ensuring that effective legislation on ECDE programs are put in place.
Those present included First Lady Judy Ojaamong, County Executive Committee Members Dr Isaac Alukwe (Water), Dr Moses Osia (Agriculture), John Mwami (Education) County Director of Education Thaddeus Awuor, KNUT Teso Branch Executive Secretary Deogratius Owaya, KUPPET County Executive Secretary Moffats Okisai, Chief Officers Ruth Mukhongo (Agriculture), Richard Achiambo (Animal Resources), Adrew Otiti (Office of the Governor), Daniel Mogoria (VTC) Lydia Nabwire (ECDE), Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale and a host of MCAs.