Bungoma reviews ECDE Act 2015 to suit current trends in education system

County education director says they have also drafted policy frameworks to monitor and better education delivery in Bungoma.

In Summary
  • County Education Director Eunice Imbwenya in her address to the press on Friday said that the sector is undergoing transitions, which is why they have reviewed the Act to suit the trend.
Bungoma County Education Director Eunice Imbwenya addressing the press on July, 5,2024
Bungoma County Education Director Eunice Imbwenya addressing the press on July, 5,2024
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Bungoma County Education stakeholders.
Bungoma County Education stakeholders.
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Bungoma County Department of Education has reviewed the Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Act 2015 to fit the current changing trends in the Education system.

County Education Director Eunice Imbwenya in her address to the press on Friday said that the sector is undergoing transitions, which is why they have reviewed the Act to suit the trend.

The drafting exercise is sponsored by the Save the Children under the Breadth of Skills project, Civil society organisations and Bungoma County Children Rights Network (BCCRN).

The director notes that apart from reviewing the ECDE Act 2015, they have also drafted other policy frameworks aimed at helping in monitoring and bettering education delivery in Bungoma.

The drafted policies included; the pre-primary county government of Bungoma 2024, health and nutrition policy 2024 and vocational training centre policy.

“After having lengthy scrutiny with the legal team from Bungoma assembly of Bungoma, CSOs and other Education stakeholders we have identified existing loopholes and gaps that are there in the ECDE Act 2015 while looking at the current trend in the Education sector as stipulated in the Presidential Working Party,” she said.

"We are grateful for this far, if we are going to move in this direction we are going to have legal frameworks that we will inform advocacy for funds, support and allocation of funds from the exchequer to facilitate devolved functions."

John Mukenya, Breadth of Skills project coordinator, applauded the Save the Children organisation for supporting Bungoma draft policies and reviewing the ECDE Act 2025.

“Bungoma ECDE Act 2015 has got a lot of loopholes that were not speaking to the 21st-century learner,” Mukenya added.

He further cited admission to ECDE at 3 years which has been changed to 4 years according to the CBC curriculum as one of the gaps that have been identified in the Act that need to be faced out.

Mukenya also urged county governments to allocate enough resources to the Education sector and avoid diverting Education funds to facilitate other County projects.

John Mukenya, Breadth of Skills project coordinator
John Mukenya, Breadth of Skills project coordinator
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