MCAs decline to vet governor nominees over tutors contract

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 06:31 |

Nyamira county Assembly will not vet a list of chief officers presented to it by governor John Nyagarama until he renews contracts of more than 500 Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers as directed by the Assembly.

County Assembly Clerk Duke Onyari said that the names have been lying in the Assembly waiting confirmation from the governor over the fate of the teachers in question.

Addressing the press in his office yesterday, he said the Assembly had approved the budget of the ECDE teachers whose contracts expired in May, but to the Assembly’s shock ,the governor has not renewed their contracts as agreed.

He reiterated that since May until when the schools closed last month ECDE pupils in the county had suffered because there were no teachers to attend to them.

Governor Nyagarama forwarded a list of 10 chief  officers to the Assembly a month ago for vetting but the Assembly through  Speaker, Moffat Teya put it aside demanding that the governor renews the contracts of the teachers in question before vetting the officers.

“The House has resolved that as long as ECDE teachers have not been reinstated, vetting of nominees for chief officers stands suspended,” a letter from Teya to the governor reads. 

The ECDE teachers’ pay has also elicited concern after it emerged that their salary scale is far below what could be considered fair remuneration. 

Contacted for Comment Nyagarama,  said that he has already given a directive to the county public service board to renew the contracts of the ECDE teachers after verification of their academic certificates.

Nyagarama said that some teachers did not have genuine academic documents.

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