By John Majau.
The County Government of Meru owes about Sh126 million in monthly salary arrears of more than 1,400 Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers who were employed in May 2017.
The teachers are yet to receive a single cent since they were recruited by the devolved unit with the delay blamed on the change of leadership after governor Kiraitu Murungi took over from his predecessor Peter Munya.
According to Monica Kagwima, the director of ECDE department in the county, said the teachers will be paid after the human resource audit is completed early 2018 when they will be factored into the county payroll.
Addressing chairmen of board of management, ECDE teachers, and parents from Buuri Sub-county she said: “ECDE teachers employed in May, 2017 have not been paid their salaries because they have not been factored into the payroll. The transition from the previous regime and the ongoing human resource audit at the county has delayed the salaries.”
This was during a public participation by stakeholders on the school milk programme which will be rolled in January 2018 for ECDE children.
She added that county will conduct an ECDE mapping to ensure that every school has two teachers and a modern classroom.
The milk programme seeks to increase children enrollment and retention in schools. Children will receive milk twice a week.
There are about 900 ECDE centres across the nine sub counties manned by over 1,200 teachers with number of ECDE learners stands at over 50,000.
Deputy Governor Titus Ntuchiu asked those interested to supply the milk to come forward.