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Govt urged to develop policy for ECDE sector

The National Government has been asked to develop a policy governing Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) programmes in the training of Pre-Service and In-Service training institutions.
Dr. Dominic Mwenja, a university lecturer and proprietor of Miramar International College in Nairobi also added that there was need for legislation to streamline the ECDE curriculum in the country.
He decried the lack of clear guidelines on curriculum standards for ECDE, pointing out that education officials in the counties have no idea as where to start.
“ECDE is not a glorified day care or warehouse for nursery children but are areas where they get strong education foundation,” he said.
Mwenja spoke during the 10th Kenya Early Childhood Education Private Training Institutions Association (KECEPTIA) Annual Conference held at Premier Residence and Guest Cottages in Malindi town in Kilifi County recently. Some 50 ECDE colleges participated in the Conference.
He asked ECDE college principals to embark on competence based education to enable them compete effectively in the world market.
Dr. Mwenja who was the chief guest at the conference further said that teaching is a profession and not just a job, noting that dealing with children requires patience, dedication and sensitivity.
“It is exhausting work and guidance and counseling of ECDE teachers is important”, he told the participants.
Mwenja urged the government to train more professors and deploy them to the existing public universities to help enhance effective teaching and learning in the higher learning institutions.
He further challenged the management of ECDE colleges to lobby for assistance from both the National and County governments to enable them operate effectively and efficiently.
While addressing the same gathering, KECEPTIA National Chairman, Mr. James Selel urged the government to give prioritize ECDE in order to raise education standards in the country.
He said ECDE institutions play an important role in the country- that of laying a strong foundation for the nursery-age going children.
The chairman also urged the government to support private ECDE colleges to enhance efficiency while delivering services to members of the public.
Mr Selel, however, appealed to the government to streamline the curriculum for ECDE teachers to enhance quality training.
He said there are 600 private ECDE colleges in the country, adding that more are expected to come up soon.
The chairman disclosed that out of the 600 ECDE colleges only 234 colleges are active, while the rest are inactive.
He urged private ECDE colleges which have not joined the Association to do so to enable the association have a strong bargaining power when talking to the government.
Former KECEPTIA National Chairman, Wangunyu Njuguna urged members to work as a team and support the new chairman to discharge his duties.
KECEPTIA Board of Trustee National Chairman.Francis Kaluh conducted the national elections held during the conference.
During the elections the following were re-elected,
Mr. James K. Selel, National Chairman,
Ms. Patience Mchombo, National Vice Chairperson,
Ms. Florence Hellen Mogaka, National Organising Secretary,
Ms. Eleanor K. Ziro, National Assistant Organising Secretary
Others elected were,
Mr. Stephen Muhoro, new National Hon. Secretary,
Mr. Pascal M. Kiio, new National Treasurer,
Ms. Neemah M. Mokaya, new National Assistant Secretary.

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