Kakamega County Government Officers among them Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers and County Polytechnic instructors are soon set to progress in their career path when the County Government of Kakamega operationalizes Schemes of Service for various County Departments.

Senior County Executives reviewed the Draft Scheme of Service for ECDE teachers and officers as well as County Polytechnic instructors in a forum attended by H.E Dr. FCPA Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya.

Speaking during the meeting, Governor Oparanya expressed his contentment at the report and reiterated that Human Resource is the most essential aspect for any organization which if well handled, enhances productivity at the workplace. The Governor who was flanked by his able Deputy H.E Prof. Philip Museve Kutima, directed the County Public Service Board in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Service and Administration to expeditiously establish a Unit that will be charged with validating both academic and professional credentials of individuals before their absorption into the County Public Service.

“As we lay the foundation for these young learners, Incharge officers at the County Polytechnics must ensure the County churns out fully baked students who can compete for the available jobs in the market; these students should also be taken on board to support industrialization as the County gets ready to launch a Milk plant in Malava, Tea Factory in Shinyalu and a Waste Management Plant in Mumias West Sub-County,” Governor Oparanya added.

Dr. Oparanya, in addition, instructed the relevant Units to develop the Schemes of Service for the other Departments to motivate the rest of the staff and enhance service delivery.

Deputy Governor Prof. Kutima observed that the County Government has used over Ksh 200 million to equip County Polytechnics across Kakamega mentioning Matioli County Polytechnic as one of the institutions with advanced equipment that is capable of manufacturing culverts and other construction materials in the County.

Kakamega County has a staff establishment of 1901 ECDE teachers and 327 County Polytechnics learners and students respectively. The County expects to implement the Scheme by the year 2024 at it carries out a Phased absorption of the teachers and instructors on permanent and pensionable terms.

The Schemes of Service once implemented will: Provide a well defined career structure that attracts and retains suitable and competent staff and Establish standards for recruitment, training and advancement of career structure among others.