News Categories: Education

10 May
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BURSARY DISBURSEMENT

Kajiado County Government plans to increase its budgetary allocation for bursaries to Ksh100M in the next financial year. This follows a cabinet decision to adjust the kitty to meet the ever increasing demand for educational opportunities by the residents most of whom cannot affords fees to access secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

Martin Moshisho, Kajiado Deputy Governor made this revelation during a cheque issuance ceremony to mark the bursary week at Kajiado town. “So far Ksh40M of the total Ksh. 80M for the Financial year has been disbursed to the beneficiaries so far and we hope that in the coming financial year we can allocate Ksh100M and a further Ksh150M in the following year,” said Moshisho.

He stressed on the importance of education in spurring development in a largely pastoral community and the urged parents to encourage their girls to pursue education opportunities at all levels.Moshisho also observed that 80% of the bursary beneficiaries were students pursuing their education in schools outside the County. He said this trend can be reversed if all education stakeholders work together to improve the standards of education in County day and boarding schools.

“ I am not discouraging parents from taking their children to their choice schools but I believe that if we put our house in order and offer quality education, our schools are capable of competing in equal footing with others outside the County,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by CEC Education, Jeremiah Ole Ncharo who asked for collaboration between parents and education professionals in seeking ways to improve the learning environments in county schools.“Stakeholders in the education sector need to act fast to improve the performance of our County schools so as to attract and retain our children “ he said.Ncharo further implored upon school heads to create a culture of transparency by posting the list of bursary beneficiaries on bulletin boards at their schools to avoid speculations and suspicion from members of the public over the whole process.

Speaking at the same function Ewuaso Onkidong’i MCA Justus Ngossor assured parents of the full backing of the County Assembly in pushing for more budgetary allocation for bursary funds to benefit more children in the Wards.“We are here to articulate your concerns at the County Assembly. We will support as long as you share with us your vision,” said Ngossor.The legislator exuded confidence in the officers within the department of education terming them professionals who are fully aware of the challenges of the education system. Ngossor who is also the Chair of the County Assembly Education Committee further urged the head teachers to work closely with their leaders to ensure progression in the their institutions.

Members of County Assembly, Ministry of Education officials and other local leaders were also present at the occasion.

The week long exercise which started off in Kiserian, Kajiado West will be replicated in all constituencies and climax on Saturday in Loitokitok, Kajiado South.

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06 May
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BURSARY DISBURSEMENT WEEK

Education is one of the key pillars in H.E Joseph Ole Lenku’s manifesto. The County government under the leadership of the Governor has committed itself to ensure children from needy families are accorded the opportunity to pursue academic Excellency through timely issuance of bursaries.

H.E the Deputy Governor was accompanied by CEC Education Jeremiah Ole Ncharo, the County Assembly Education committee led by the chairman Hon Justus Ngossor and Education stakeholders during the launch of the Kajiado County Bursary week for Kajiado West in Kiserian.“As a county we are increasing our bursary allocation to ensure we reach out to more student who are in need” Moshisho assured the residents.

The Bursary will be disbursed to various schools as from tomorrow across the entire County.

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16 Mar
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TRANSFORMATION OF NAMELOK VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE

H.E. Joseph Lenku commissioned a new class block and four ultra-modern dormitories with a capacity of two hundred students at The Namelok Vocational Training Institute. The institution has for the longest time experienced low student intake ratios and it is hoped that once completed, the dormitory will accommodate more students with an unprecedented intake of more than two hundred students set for May this year. Among these will be beneficiaries of the Vijana Tujiajiri Programme; a paid partnership between the County Government of Kajiado and The KCB Foundation that seeks to empower and equip needy and out of school youth with technical skills that will enable them to pursue self-employment opportunities.

During the function, the Governor also inspected the ongoing works at the practical’s workshop and revealed that Ksh16M had been set aside by The County Government to equip the new workshop once completed. He said empowerment of the youth through skills training was one of his administration’s key development pursuits in line with the Big Four Agenda on manufacturing, job creation and youth empowerment.

“The youth are taking over leadership roles in the County and we need to empower them through technical skills training and critical thinking,” said Lenku.

At the same time, The Governor challenged the youth to seek admission to technical institutions and pursue skills-based trainings in diverse fields such as electrical engineering, fashion, design, beauty therapy and masonry just to mention but a few.

“Technical skills training will not only mold learners to settle for employment upon graduation but empower them and offer them opportunities to be employers through startup businesses,’’ he added.

Lenku also challenged stakeholders in the education sector to tailor make course content with due regards to the needs of the localities in which the technical skills will be used.

In its current state, the Namelok Vocational Training Institute accommodates a mere seventy students and over the years has had to turn back students during enrolment due improper and insufficient infrastructure.

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30 Jan
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BURSARY MENACE

Residents of Kajiado have been asked not to pay any money as facilitation fees for them to be awarded the County Schools Bursary Fund.

Speaking in his office today, CECM in-charge of Education and Vocational Training, Lenku Seki said those who were claiming that officers at the County Headquarters were demanding an upward of Ksh 2,000 as bribes for them to award bursaries were peddling unfounded rumors.

“ Our staff are very transparent in processing bursaries and I challenge any resident who has been asked for any form of facilitation fee to come forward and report,” he said.

The minister revealed that the manual processing system for bursary application was reverted to following a County Assembly resolution arising from complaints by some applicants over inaccessibility of Internet in their localities.

“ The Electronics Funds Transfer system that had been previously adopted faced a few technical challenges in its initial phases of implementation causing confusion between the beneficiaries, financial institutions and the department,” said Seki.

He said the school bursars and principals failed to reconcile bank transactions vis-a-vis the list of beneficiaries on time due to challenges in accessing the Internet; especially in the rural areas. This he added made the beneficiaries anxious with some claiming that there were no bursary funds in the accounts yet that was not the case.

“The department is keen on ensuring transparency in the bursary application and disbursement process and as such we have fully reverted to the manual application system to accommodate beneficiaries who cannot access the internet,” said Seki.

He asked residents to confirm the names of beneficiaries from the Sub County Ward offices, County Government offices as well as the Website.

The County Assembly through a House Resolution compelled the department of Education and vocational training to adopt the previously in use manual cheque disbursement system to remedy the chaos caused by the Controller of Budgets preferred Electronic Transfer of Funds that was deemed efficient.

The beneficiaries list is managed at the ward level through ward commitee. The County Assembly vowed to challenge the controller of budget directive through a legislative process that will see them amend the existing guideline

The last disbursement of Ksh 40M was effected in October last year marking a total of Ksh 80M disbursed for the FY 2017/18 alone.

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28 Nov
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BURSARY BENEFICIARIES LIST

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING

BURSARY BENEFICIARIES LIST

The second cycle of bursary disbursement of the year 2017/2018 has been completed.You may view the beneficiary list as per institution by clicking media then publication then bursary beneficiary list.

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23 Nov
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SKILL PROGRAMS

County Government corporates take up 200 vocational interns as skills program starts to bear fruits:More than 200 youths being trained for vocational skills by County Government are set to proceed for attachment.

The youths, who are part of the 1,000 youth’s targeted for skills this financial year, have completed their Grade 3 training and have been placed for internship starting in January. More than 20 corporate institutions operating in the County have offered to absorb the new graduates who will finish the internship in April next year.

Kajiado Education and Vocational Training CEC Member Lenku Seki said the trainees will proceed to Grade 2 in May. “We want to mold skilled youth who will be ready for the job market when we are through with them. We are happy the corporate institutions are supporting the internship programme,” said Seki.

The County minister said contractors in the county, especially those in building, construction and water works will also be drafted into the skills scheme so that they can offer on job exposure to the trainees.

Yesterday, Governor Lenku presided over the pass out for the trainees at the National Industrial Training Authority ( NITA) grounds in Kitengela.

The County Government and the KCB Foundation have jointly invested over KSh 100 Million in this the programme dubbed as “ Kazi Mkononi”.

 

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12 Oct
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IMPROVING QUALITY EDUCATION

H.E the Deputy Governor was joined by Member of Parliament for Kajiado North Hon. Joseph Manje, area MCA Hon. Martin Kimemia, Ngong Ward MCA Hon. Robert Mouria  and other leaders for the official commissioning of  a new ECDE complex and World Friends Projects from The Italian Agency for development  who have built a sanitation facility  at Oloolua primary school in Oloolua ward.The ECDE classes will make learning  easy and reduce congestion in the already full classes .

The County Government is committed towards the improvement of our School’s infrastructure and modern ECDE Centres fully equipped in line  with the new curriculum.

Improving the quality of education in our institutions is of utmost urgency and importance to us.Therefore,we welcome all our development partners to help us realize our aims towards quality education.

 

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02 Oct
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MORE ECDE CENTERS IN KAJIADO EAST

H.E the Governor was  accompanied by leaders of Oloosirkon/ Sholinke Ward community for in the opening of the new face of Kajiado ECDE Centers at Enkutoto, Tipatet Emakoko and Oloosirkon Primary Schools in Kajiado East.

The Governor says he is committed to build a sound education foundation for our children and improve the transition from Primary to Secondary school. “We shall continue supporting infrastructure development in schools to enable our children get a conducive environment for learning and improve the quality of Education “said the Governor.

 

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26 Sep
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GOVERNOR CONCERNED WITH UNDERDEVELOPED RURAL AREAS

H.E Joseph Ole Lenku has raised concern over the state of underdevelopment in the rural areas of counties more so Kajiado avowing that the National government funds through devolution has only focused on urban towns in various counties.

During an opening ceremony of Ilkelunyeti Primary School at Imaroro Kajiado East, he said that when county funds were slashed down by 9 billion. This is against the aspiration and spirit of devolution because many Kenyans will not feel the effect of the big 4 agenda starting by the president.

The funds have been focused on developing urban areas such as Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret while the remote areas of Kajiado, Turkana, Isiolo may never get to experience housing, security, affordable healthcare and manufacturing. According to H.E the Governor, Kenyans fought for devolution and brought it through the constitution hoping it would become a distributing mechanism for development.

“Developing primary, secondary and tertiary schools is a function of the National government apart from Vocational Training institute. But already counties are doing all this work because a substantial part of counties have never had this facilities,” said the Governor.

He therefore asked the National Government to reconsider about the slashing of county funds because it negates the spirit of uniformity and equity among counties.

 

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21 Sep
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ALARM OVER LOW ADULT LITERACY LEVELS

Adult Literacy levels in Kajiado County continue to plummet raising fears among County education officials and stakeholders in the sector.

Over the years, adult education has received a wide berth a situation that has forced out of school youth to shun learning altogether and opt for menial jobs to make a living. Early marriages of young girls who lack school fees has been the norm as they also opt to settle as homemakers at the expense of pursing education opportunities into their adulthood.

A meeting between religious leaders from different denominations together with county and education officials was held in Kajiado today to map out ways of empowering out of school youth and adults through education and skills training opportunities.

Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku who met the religious leaders said improving literacy levels of the people of Kajiado was in the scope of his government’s agenda. He expressed his optimism with the partnership between the county government, religious institutions and other education stakeholders in achieving this within the next four years.

He implored upon the religious leaders to commit their existing infrastructure to be used for adult learning.

“Due to limited County resources I urge you to use your churches and mosques with large halls to advance adult education due to strained resources,” he said.

During the meeting County Committees to oversee adult education were formed and it is hoped that these will be replicated at sub county level to reach the most remote parts of Kajiado.

On his part Education and vocational training Executive Member, Samuel Seki agreed that literacy levels in Kajiado was low especially in the remote areas of the County.

“It is a fact that the County has strained resources and needs all the help it can get from religious organizations and other stakeholders to achieve its goals,” he said.

Seki requested religious leaders to be proactive in this endeavor to utilize their infrastructure to help the County Government achieve its goal of eradicating illiteracy in Kajiado.

Joseph Agina, secretary to Olkejuado Adult and Continued Education said the initiative taken by the County Government and religious leaders to focus on adult literacy is timely in steering the big four agenda for the common good of the nation.

He added that if tapped, the clergy have a good platform to reach people of all levels of the society since they were their congregants.

Agina intimated that according to a 2006 Kenya National literacy survey of 48% of Kajiado residents consisting of 280,000 people were illiterate. This is against a backdrop of 78% national illiteracy index consisting of 7.5M people.“We need to have literacy levels of this group enhanced to achieve economic development,” he remarked.

Speakers at the meeting also proposed to the concerned ministry to engage the Kenya Literature Bureau to come up with a Maa Literature and curriculum to cater for adult learner in a language familiar to them.

 

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