KNA Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has presided over the distribution of furniture worth Sh54.5 million to the 266 Early Child Development Education (ECDE) centres in the county.
Oparanya said his administration’s efforts to improve the learning environment in the ECDE centres has resulted to great increment in enrolment from 3,055 in 2013 to 124,000 in 2021.
The governor stated that the county rolled out free ECDE education in the year 2017/2018 and every child is entitled to a capitation of Sh1,000 annually.
“My government has stepped up infrastructure development of ECDE centres and so far a total of Sh450 million has been spent on construction of 266 centres.
He said he awarded the contracts for the production of furniture to local polytechnics to enable them generate income as well as providing opportunities to the institutions’ learners to put into practice the skills they learnt in classes.
The governor stated that they have partnered with Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) to acquire branded teaching and learning materials which have been supplied to all ECDE centres and county polytechnics.
He disclosed that Sh49.4 million and Sh24.1 million has been spent on procuring learning and teaching materials in ECDE and county polytechnics respectively.
And to address the shortage of staff in ECDE centres, he said they have employed 1,901 teachers and are in the process of recruiting more.
The governor said in order to motivate the ECDE teachers, the salary has been doubled from Sh8,000 to Sh16,000 and a scheme of service is being developed to cater for their remuneration.