Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has asked Bungoma County government to consider hiring more Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE).
The Speaker lauded the county administration for constructing pre-primary classrooms , but warned that the investment will go down the drain if more tutors are not employed.
“It does not make economic sense to have state of-the-art ECDE classrooms and no teachers,” said Lusaka during a funeral in Maliki, Tongaren Constituency on Saturday.
Mr Lusaka served as the first Governor of Bungoma County. During his tenure his administration undertook to construct three ECDE classrooms in each of the 45 wards.
In 2017 more than 2,000 ECDE teachers were employed on permanent and pensionable terms.
Before the absorption of teachers on permanent basis, the ECDE teachers were on a three-year-renewable contract.
“Since I left office not a single teacher has been employed. This is despite the fact that population has increased and some of the teachers have passed on and some have retired,” he said.
The Speaker made the remarks at the burial of Roselyne Nakhumicha Wekesa on January 11.
The deceased was the Deputy Headteacher of Mukhuyu RC Primary School.
Several leaders among them area MP Eseli Simiyu, Bungoma Deputy Governor Charles Ngome and former Women Rep Reginalda Wanyonyi were present.