ECDE teachers in Bomet County are currently on strike due to dissatisfaction with their low wages and numerous deductions, which have significantly reduced their already meager salary
The teachers claim that Governor Hillary Barchok has shown no interest in improving their compensation by implementing proper schemes of service for ECDE teachers and offering them permanent employment.
The educators are voicing their concerns about the rising cost of living and inflation, which are eroding their limited earnings. They are demanding a salary review to help alleviate their financial difficulties.
There is hope over the horizon as county education officials are now actively addressing the teachers’ grievances. They have pledged to reinstate some teachers whose contracts were previously terminated and have committed to implementing proper schemes of service for ECDE teachers.
If the county adopts the scheme of service, teachers will find it easier to manage new deductions such as house levies and provident funds.
In April last year, Governor Barchok announced that Bomet County would continue providing free milk to approximately 56,000 children in 1,221 ECDE centers across the county. The program, initiated in February 2022, would span four and a half months in its first phase, with milk supplied by the New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC).
According to a statement from the Chief Accounting Officer of Bomet County, Nicholus Barich, Ward Coordinators will oversee the distribution of milk in their respective areas to ensure that no school misses out.
Bomet County joins others, including Nairobi, Mombasa, and Nyandarua, in launching similar programs in their regions. Bomet is known for its quality and quantity of milk production.
The Bomet milk is distributed to ECDE centers in 200ml packets twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Barchok emphasized that this program aims to promote children’s health and attendance in school. Farmers stand to benefit by supplying milk, and Bodaboda riders can earn by delivering milk boxes to various centers.