Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has clarified that the national government does not have any intention to take control of Early Childhood Development Education Centres (ECDE).
The clarification comes in response to protests from governors who opposed the recommendations made by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms.
The recommendations proposed the establishment of a comprehensive school system where all levels of learning will be overseen by a single head of the institution.
Last week, governors expressed their concerns, stating that the proposal undermines devolution and violates the constitution.
The county bosses argued that it lacks an accountability framework for the heads of the proposed institutions to report to county governments on the management of ECDEs.
The governors insisted that the hiring of pre-primary teachers falls under the jurisdiction of county governments, and they would not participate in any process aimed at legislating the proposed reforms.
Speaking at Mumbi grounds in Murang’a County during the County Education Day on Sunday, Machogu emphasized the collaborative efforts between the national and county governments in addressing education matters.
He asserted that the national government has no reason to interfere with the functions assigned to county governments by the constitution, highlighting the complementary roles outlined in the constitutional framework.
Machogu acknowledged that ECDEs are specified as a function of the counties, including responsibilities for their infrastructure development and the employment of teachers.
The CS emphasized that many ECDE centers are domiciled in primary schools managed by the national government; overseen by head teachers.
“We know some ECDEs share staffrooms with primary school teachers and some head-teachers also deal with their administrative issues,” he said, adding that this informed the proposal to set up the comprehensive school system.
Currently, county governments manage approximately 3,000 pre-primary schools, employing over 54,000 pre-primary teachers and catering to more than 2.3 million learners.