Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Consultative meeting to discuss the ECDE draft scheme of service

ECDEECDE Technical committee held a meeting at Council of Governors Secretariat to discuss way forward on the ECDE teachers’ scheme of service and officially hand over the draft report to the Council of Governors. The ECDE scheme of service is meant to streamline appointment, recruitment of ECDE teachers in the counties which improves the teachers working conditions resulting to quality education for children.

The report was handed over to Council of Governors Acting CEO Nicodemus Mbwika. A technical committee was mandated to come up with a Draft Scheme of service with representation from the County Public Service Board, County Executive Committee Members Education, County Directors in charge of Education, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Controller of Budget, Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Director Early Education, Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA), Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGTRC) and the Council of Governors.
The Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs is to be involved to give approval of compliance of scheme of service to norms and standards.
One of the discussions that came up in the meeting was the need for inclusion of appendices to indicate the number of entry points for diploma and undergraduate degree holders which is to guide the vertical mobility of the teachers. This is in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
The Directorate of Early Years in the Ministry of Education noted that day care centers were not adequately catered for in the scheme. The number of levels for ECDE had been reduced from three to two levels hence there is reduced need for infrastructure development for classrooms and recruitment of teachers.
During the meeting It was acknowledged that most county public service boards did not have prior knowledge of the process and required to review the document to give further input. The CPSBs are to ensure that the complete scheme of service is incorporated in the counties.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has been involved in the process of the development of the scheme of service and requested the submission of updated statistics of the number of ECDE teachers in all the counties through the Council of Governors to assist in budget making during the salary scaling process. This is to be done by 4th August.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission would engage the Council of Governors in drafting the job descriptions with the County Public Service Boards before the end of the appeals window for the evaluation of all civil servants’ job descriptions which is the end of the month.
It emerged that there is need for capitation from the National Treasury to factor in the budgeting for the ECDE devolved function within basic education. This is to ensure that the counties get sufficient funds in subsequent financial years to sustain the ECDE program.
The chairperson proposed the formation of a working group composed of five members to fast-track the process of creating the job descriptions for the cadres of the ECDE teachers. The nominated members included representatives from County Public Service Board, County Executive Committee member of Education, County Director & Chair, ECDE Caucus, Ministry of Education, County Director of Education and the Council of Governors. The working group met at the end of the meeting to initiate the process and the findings of the group are expected to be submitted to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The Council of Governors was tasked with application for the submission of the job descriptions to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

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