News Categories: Education

18 Sep
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DISBURSEMENT OF COUNTY BURSARY KITTY

6000 beneficiaries from Kajiado have received their bursary cheques in the second phase of disbursement of Sh40M funds from the allocated County bursary kitty for this year.

During the cheque issuance ceremony at KCB Grounds, Kajiado HE Joseph Lenku said gone are the days that children in the County could not access education due to historical inhibitions like famine, drought and retrogressive cultural practices.“My government is determined to ensure that the children of this generation do not go through literacy challenges like their parents did” said Lenku.

He further added that the upward trajectory on bursary allocation, currently at Sh150M is a testimony to his resolve towards the betterment of the education in the County.

The Governor further said the sector based infrastructure developments and the emphasis on TIVETS in skills training are bound to address the gaps in tertiary education especially for out of school youth.

He asked school heads to be tolerant and desist from sending away children from school due to unpaid school fees occasioned by delayed bursary funds. Lenku also promised to pursue provisions for inclusion of special interest groups in bursary awards in the next financial year.“The County will continue to build on gains and develop ingenious ways of fostering development to make our people’s lives more bearable,” he said.

Education CEC Jeremiah Ncharo was emphatic about the milestones in the education sector including enhanced budgets for bursary, human resource and infrastructure developments. He however noted that most beneficiaries of the bursaries were seeking education opportunities outside the County. “The level education and performance has greatly improved and I believe our schools can match the performance levels of other established ones in the country,” he said.

He advised that the quality of education in County schools is adequate and urged parents to consider retaining their children in County schools rather than seeking education elsewhere based on perceptions.

Imaroro Ward MCA, Amos Peshut also took issue with the trend of bursary beneficiaries seeking education outside the County. “Let the local schools shine and have our learners come back home because we are channeling money to other Counties and doubling their development trend instead of our own,” said Peshut.

Nominated MCA Hon. Patricia Mbaaria who is the Vice Chair of Education committee assured residents of Kajiado that the County Assembly will continue to make sound legislations that will ensure that all learners benefit regardless of their location.“As your representatives we are committed to push for policies that will ensure that our children access education opportunities regardless of where they are, “she said.

Teachers were also asked to be proactive in liaising with their Ward Offices in selecting needy cases within their schools to access bursary funds. Nkaimurunya Ward MCA, James Waichanguru equally advised head teachers to be tolerant and not chase away students due to bursary delays.

His sentiments were echoed by MCA Samuel Teum (Kajiado) who impressed upon teachers to forward details of bright and needy case students who require sponsorship to get ahead with their education.“We expect you to note these students because you interact with them on a daily basis. These students need full support and it’s upon you to bring them to us (Ward Office) ,” he said.

It is expected that 10,000 more bright and needy students will benefit from the next Financial Year’s boosted allocation of Sh150M bursary funds. 81% of this year’s total budget was disbursed to Secondary schools beneficiaries with 10% and 9% going to Tertiary and Universities.

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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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