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NEW EDUCATION CECMS INDUCTED IN BID TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF THE EARLY EDUCATION SECTOR IN COUNTIES

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The Council of Governors (CoG) Education Committee from 21st to 24th November 2022, held an induction workshop for the newly elected County Executive Committee Members in charge of Education (CECMS Education) under the theme, “Towards harmonious and supportive structures for service delivery in pre-primary education and vocational training at County level.” The 3-day induction sought to appraise the CECMs for education on the following topics: bridging the gap in policy development, implementation, and monitoring; enhancing County governance for improved education outcomes; human resource management for education in County Governments; and collaborations and partnerships in education and training provision.

The forum also brought together representatives from the office of the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education, State Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Government agencies namely: the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF), Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC) and development partners including Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN), CAP Youth Empowerment Institute, Mastercard foundation, GIZ, Uthabiti Africa, EIDU, UNICEF and Instill Education.
Speaking during the official opening of the induction, the CoG Education committee chair H.E. Erick Mutai appreciated the work done by the secretariat in organizing the induction meeting while congratulating the CECMs for education on their appointment. He reiterated the value of education in the overall economy of a country adding that education should be understood as a cross-cutting function and the focal point of all other sectors.
“Previously, there existed no formal or structured teaching program for VTCs and ECDEs. The sector has made remarkable progress despite the limited resources not forgetting that the CoG has also realized remarkable progress in implementation of the ECDE scheme of service,” noted the Governor. He further emphasized his intention to work with the CECMs to ensure that both the VTCs and ECDE Centres are well-equipped and provide quality service to the locals.
While making his opening remarks CoG Director Committees, Mr. Kizito Wangalwa, expressed confidence that the newly appointed CECMs will effectively discharge their mandate to ensure smooth learning in the VTCs and ECDE Centres.
“The Council will continue to show its support to all Counties for enhanced service delivery to Kenyans who rely on the VTCs and ECDE centers for training and career development,” added Mr. Wangalwa.
During the session on bridging the gap in policy development, implementation, and monitoring, Hon. Joseph Nyutu Chair of the Senate Education committee highlighted that approximately 20 Counties were yet to implement the ECDE scheme of service.
“Counties should endeavor to let learners see teaching as a noble profession. The CECMs should double as educationists and parents and also lobby for more resources through budgets to the County Assemblies. There is a need to enact legislations that support the ECDE sector so as to secure increased budgetary allocations and enlighten the citizenry on ECDE education through public participation,” he noted.
Having been taken through the Human Resources, Legal, budgeting and financing, and procurement processes by the CoG technical committee representatives, the Education CECMs expressed their commitment to working closely with the CoG and other stakeholders for effective service delivery in the devolved units.
While closing the meeting, the CoG Education Committee technical lead Ms. Valarie Akinyi added that it's only through the concerted efforts of both levels of government and partners that the status of vocational training centers and ECDE schools would be improved.

 

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