50 County Volunteer ECDE Teachers Sidelined In Recruitment, Living in Depression
Nairobi County Public Service Board is now on the spot for not employing 50 Early Childhood Development Education teachers who have been previously offering their services voluntarily.
When appearing before the education committee the board was put to task on why they did not absorb the 50 teachers despite assembly giving them budget and green light.
According to nominated MCA Mary Ariviza Mwami teachers who were left out have been traumatised and are living in depression.
Immediately after recruitment of 496 teachers, the unabsorbed volunteers were locked out of county schools.
“It’s sad that during the recruitment these teachers were left out despite working for the county for over 20 years. I know they were over 45 years but they could have at least been considered. How will they even explain to their kids who have been seeing them teach in the schools that they can no longer work?” said Ariviza.
“I have met with some of the teachers and they are really depressed. This is not good because the teachers had all the qualifications and that the only problem was that they were over 45 years,” she added.
But in their defense the board Chairman Thomas Kasoa said that the law does not permit them to employ permanently those with 45 years and above.
“In our out of court settlement we took some 97 ECD volunteers and placed them the rest had 45 years and above and according to the law you cannot employ them under permanent and pensionable terms,” said Kasoa.
A 2015 Bill by the then Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, barred the government from employing persons above the age of 45.
Highrise MCA Kennedy Oyugo on the other hand asked the board to have the 50 teachers be employed under renewable contracts saying leaving them despite serving the county voluntarily was inhumane.
‘‘We gave them budget to employ those teachers and to the children of Nairobi let the board re-advertise those positions and even fill the gaps of those who did not pick letters,’’ he said.
The board now has one month to give a detailed report on how they will hire them on contractual terms.
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By Allan Otieno