Kenyan senate has concluded debate on a bill that proposes to fine parents who do not send their children to school at the age of 3, to face 1 year imprisonment or pay a fine of about 1000 US dollars as a way of punishing disobedience.
According to a report by cctv.africa, admission fees and entry exams for joining early childhood education in the area, have been removed in the new bill to allow easy access of education, for the Kenyan children.
The new bill also aims to regulate and restore order in early learning by reforming nursery schools which are bombarded by high fees, unqualified teachers and undistinguished educational standards in the country.
Nursery school teachers will now be required to have diplomas from recognized institutions contrary to current teachers who are basic certificate holders and even some school drop outs.XX The staff will also be required to have a certificate of good conduct and a medical certificate that shows that they are of sound mind.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) which recruits and regulates teachers in Kenya will also be given the mandate to instil professionalism in the nurse school teaching faculty. “The teaching staff must be registered by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and recruited as teachers or care givers by the early childhood education recruitment committee,” reads the Bill.