The Governor of Kakamega County Fernandes Barasa has increased the ward bursary fund from Ksh.2 million to Ksh.4 million to boost education programs in the region.
Speaking during a special general meeting at Friends Church Malava in the region, Barasa praised the teachers for their outstanding contributions, acknowledging their role as opinion shapers within the community.
He highlighted his government’s dedication to the learning sector by appointing ministers and chief officers.
Moreover, the Governor called upon the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) cancel delocalization and facilitate the return of teachers to their hometowns.
Barasa also urged the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to honour the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between teachers and their union.
This, he argued, would contribute to a more harmonious working relationship within the education sector.
Furthermore, Barasa highlighted the necessity of expanding primary schools to accommodate junior secondary school learners who have been integrated into the primary system.
The Governor also disclosed plans to elevate the sub-county to municipality status by December, coinciding with the opening of a new milk processing plant, a move expected to stimulate economic growth in the area.
The Knut executive secretary Shadrack Tovoko acknowledged that the union’s operations had been adversely affected by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevailing economic difficulties.
By Andanje Wakhungu
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