News Categories: Education, Research and Vocational Training

04 Dec
By: Maureen Cheruto 0 0

THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TO BUILD A MODERN ECDE CLASSROOMS FOR KITAOR PRIMARY.

The county government of Nandi is partnering with Safaricom Foundations for building modern Early Childhood Education Development (ECED) classes for Kitaro Primary.

This is one way of improving the education standards for the children.

The county has been at the forefront of ensuring that education is achieved and that the child’s education foundation is catered for.

Speaking today during a handing over the site, the school headteacher Mr. David Kipchumba, expressed gratitude to the governor for considering their school to receive such an opportunity.

Team of procurement and public works officers together with the Head Teacher and the Chairman of the school board at Kiator Primary School.

He further appreciated the efforts of the new team at the Education Department stating that the project will help on easing congestion in the school and that it will enhance the good learning environment for the pupils.

The spearheading project contractor Johnstone sang, promised the school that he will provide good and quality work, thereby asking for full support for the teams being involved in the project.

The building will have two classrooms, an administrative office with good furniture and well-modified latrines that will be completed in less than four 4 months.

 

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29 Nov
By: Patrick Yego 0 0

NANDI DICECE COLLEGE HOLD THEIR 11TH GRADUATION

Early childhood development education or the preschool provides children with the new perspective on the importance of education that will remain with them throughout their schooling journey. The CECM for Education and Vocational Training Ms Grace Sugut joined Nandi DICECE (District Centres for Early Childhood Education) College fraternity for their 11th Graduation ceremony. Nandi DICECE in Kapsabet being the leading ECDE training institution in Nandi County has experienced a tremendous rise in the number of students every year.

Photo: Grace Sugut- CECM Education and Vocational Training

The CECM who was the Chief Guest appraise the graduates that they have been trained as professional ECDE Teachers and educators. She echoed that the students need to understand they have chosen a profession that is regarded as a calling, with compassion and care. She encouraged them to carry out their teaching duties with pride and humility. The knowledge and skills that the 81 graduates have acquired through the rigorous training here should be put into practice.

She also reiterated the fact that teacher education and training lays the foundation for the development of the human capital of every nation without which social development and economic prosperity would be impossible. As trained and qualified teachers, they have the greatest contribution to build up the character of their young children and help them to become ideal citizens of our county.

Photo: Nandi DICECE graduands

The CECM affirmed that the County Government of Nandi being led by H.E The Governor, Stephen Arap Sang is very committed to improving and sustaining quality services in the ECD Sector through gradual recruitment of more ECD Teachers, constructing more ECD Centres to accommodate the high rising number of ECD Children, provision of Competency Based Curriculum teaching resources among many other lined up activities.

The Nandi County ECDE Director Mr. Samuel Biwott commended the CECM for the attendance and the helpful support that The County Government of Nandi through the department of Education has been offering the College to see the students learn in a conducive environment and get quality education for them to be of great value to the society.

Photo: Samuel Biwott- Director ECDE Nandi

The principal Nandi DECECE, Mr. Joseph Chepsiror applauded the Department of Education and Vocational Training and the entire County Government of Nandi administration for the tireless effort in supporting the college through furnishing of learning facilities and offering bursaries to students adding that the institution is looking forward to an increased enrollment in the next intake.

Photo: Joseph Chepsiror – Principal, Nandi DICECE College

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14 Nov
By: Patrick Yego 0 0

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING WELCOMES THE NEW CECM

The Department of Education and Vocational Training is aspiring to take Nandi County to greater heights in service delivery as far as matters education are concerned. The new CECM for Education and Vocational Training met with staff from the Department’s headquarters for the first time since her appointment. The meeting held at Nandi DiCECE College was aimed at having a one on one interaction and also a platform for the CECM to highlight her plans and focus for the Department of Education and Vocational Training.

The meeting brought together officers from all the work units of the Department. Education is one of the broad departments in the County Government of Nandi with over 1500 staff spread across all the 6 sub-counties in Nandi majority being the ECDE teacher.

During the meeting, the acting Director in charge of Vocational Training Daniel Ruto congratulated the CECM on her appointment into the Department and also pledged to work with all the members of the staff in order to achieve the set goals of the department. Mr. Samuel Biwott, the County Director ECDE noted that the Department is ready to accord the new CECM total support so that she performs her duties amply.

Speaking during the meeting, the Chief Officer urged all the members of the staff to be self-driven, positively focused and perform their duties diligently. He also highlighted the challenges which have affected the Department and pledged that with help of the CECM and full support from staff, those challenges shall be solved to ensure smooth running of day to day activities.

The new CECM Ms. Grace Sugut expressed her joy that it was indeed pleasure and honor to join the Department of Education and Vocational Training. She affirmed that the laid out plans will see all the Departmental aspirations attained within a stipulated time. The department is focusing on improving the standard of Early Childhood Education, Vocational Training Centres and assisting the needy students through bursaries and scholarships.

On her closing remarks, the CECM challenged staff to observe all the office etiquette and integrity and to work diligently towards delivering for the purpose of the people of Nandi.

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08 Nov
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 0

KOITALEL SAMOEI UNIVERSITY SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TO ESTABLISH A CAMPUS IN KAIMOSI AGRICULTURAL TRAINING CENTRE..

 

Nandi is an Agricultural County with a better part of its population greatly depending on it for their well-being. Therefore, there is a need to introduce more and better strategies of improving the sector. One of these strategies include bringing knowledge and skills closer to the farmers, strengthening research and innovation as well as enhancing professionalism this field. Koitalel Samoei University is looking forward to partnering with the county so as to achieve this.

Today the members of Koitalel Samoei University Council and representatives from the Ministry of Education visited the county to brainstorm on possible areas of collaboration, asses on the suitability and availability of resources for the establishment of Koitalel Samoei University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science in Kaimosi Agricultural Training Center (ATC).

According to the Principal of Koitalel Samoei University, Prof. Gideon Misoi, the University will have it’s Main Campus is Nandi-Hills and planning to have other branches in the Sub-Counties. He further added that the institution has earmarked Kaimosi ATC as potential campus with the priority of establishing Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science there.

The team from Koitalel Samoei University led by the University Council Chairman Prof. Risly Ngala together with the County’s Departments of Education and Vocational Training; and that of Agriculture and Co-operative Development held a consultative meeting to discuss on the potentiality of Kaimosi ATC as one of it’s training centers. The team together with Julius Kiboi-, the Principal, Kaimosi ATC toured the center and assessed the training capacity as well as the availability of land and other resources.

The CECM for Education, Research and Vocational Training, Grace Sugut, affirmed that the County Government of Nandi is looking forward to partnering with Koitalel Samoei University so as to bring the training programs closer to the people.

Chief Officer for Agriculture and Co-operative Development
Mr. Wilson Lelei applauded Koitalel Samoei University for identifying the potential of Kaimosi ATC saying that it will open up better opportunities for acquisition of knowledge and skill practice leading to the improvement in Agricultural productivity in the county.

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04 Nov
By: Kipsaro Boit 0 0

KOITALEL SAMOEI UNIVERSITY SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TO ESTABLISH A CAMPUS IN KAIMOSI ATC.

Nandi is an Agricultural County with a better part of its population greatly depending on it for their well-being. Therefore, there is a need to introduce more and better strategies of improving the sector. One of these strategies include bringing knowledge and skills closer to the farmers, strengthening research and innovation as well as enhancing professionalism this field. Koitalel Samoei University is looking forward to partnering with the county so as to achieve this.

The delegation to Kaimosi ATC led by Prof. Risley Ngala and Grace Sugut (middle) during the visit.

Today the members of Koitalel Samoei University Council and representatives from the Ministry of Education visited the county to brainstorm on possible areas of collaboration, asses on the suitability and availability of resources for the establishment of Koitalel Samoei University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science in Kaimosi Agricultural Training Center (ATC).

Prof. Misoi and Prof. Ngala appropriating a section of livestock production

According to the Principal of Koitalel Samoei University, Prof. Gideon Misoi, the University will have it’s Main Campus is Nandi-Hills and planning to have other branches in the Sub-Counties. He further added that the institution has earmarked Kaimosi ATC as potential campus with the priority of establishing Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science there.
 
The team from Koitalel Samoei University led by the University Council Chairman Prof. Risly Ngala together with the County’s Departments of Education and Vocational Training; and that of Agriculture and Co-operative Development held a consultative meeting to discuss on the potentiality of Kaimosi ATC as one of it’s training centers. The team together with Julius Kiboi-, the Principal, Kaimosi ATC toured the center and assessed the training capacity as well as the availability of land and other resources.
 
The CECM for Education, Research and Vocational Training, Grace Sugut, affirmed that the County Government of Nandi is looking forward to partnering with Koitalel Samoei University so as to bring the training programs closer to the people.

CEC Member in charge of Education, Research and VTC Grace Sugut and Chief Officer in charge of Agriculture Wilson Lelei duing the meeting

 
Chief Officer for Agriculture and Co-operative Development
Mr. Wilson Lelei applauded Koitalel Samoei University for identifying the potential of Kaimosi ATC saying that it will open up better opportunities for acquisition of knowledge and skill practice leading to the improvement in Agricultural productivity in the county.
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28 Oct
By: Patrick Yego 0 0

IDENTIFICATION OF BURSARY BENEFICIARIES FOR FY 2019/20 KICKS OFF

The County Government of Nandi is keen on supporting the Education sector in the county by ensuring that needy students get support through the county bursary scheme. The Department of Education and Vocational Training has embarked on an exercise to vet the would-be beneficiaries of the County Bursary Fund to ensure that only the needy and deserving applicants benefit. This process is conducted through a public participation at the ward level so as to ensure the exercise is fair and transparent.

Photo: Chepkumia ward locals during the exercise

A total of Ksh60 million has been allocated for the FY 2019/20 and the process is overseen by Sub-County Administrators of the respective Sub-Counties. The amount is to be equally shared in all the 30 wards which means each ward gets a total of Ksh2 million which will be shared in the ratio of 30:30:30:10 which 30% for Universities and colleges, 30% for Vocational Training Centres, 30% for Secondary schools and 10% for students with special needs.

In the ongoing public participation process, the locals group themselves into their respective villages to identify and agree if an applicant is deserving or not. Once the locals have settled on the beneficiaries, their names are forwarded to the officers from the Department of Education where they are verified if the details are genuine and the students in question are admitted to various institutions of learning to root out masqueraders.

Speaking during the exercise at Chepkumia Ward, the Sub-County Administrator Emgwen, Mr Cosmas Kemboi pointed out that strict guidelines have been followed in the bursary allocation process include giving orphans the first priority. People with special needs, vulnerable and those without gainful employment yet have children in school are also considered.

Photo: Emgwen Sub-County Administrator Cosmas Kemboi

After the public participation process, a committee will compile a list of beneficiaries based on the set-out criteria. The list will be displayed in public places including churches and Chiefs’ offices. This is to give the public a chance to raise objections in case any undeserving people find their way in the final list.

Once ready, the cheques shall be collected by the beneficiaries at the office of the Ward Administrator of their respective wards.

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30 Sep
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 1

COUNTY ROLLS OUT THE E-LITERACY PROGRAM IN THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTERS

County Government of Nandi through its department of ICT & e-Government and that of Education & Vocational Training, in collaboration with Computer for schools Kenya(CFSK) has equipped all the 14 Vocational training centers with computers and is rolling out Computer literacy skills training program. This program focusses on equipping the youth countywide with the essential Computer and online skills geared towards having e-literate citizens as well as enhancing them to earn a living out of the online platforms.

The program is packaged with Google and AJIRA Digital Skills by National government’s Ministry of ICT aimed at training the youths on online skills that would enable them grab the available opportunities and work online in bid to curb unemployment.

The Six weeks Computer literacy skills training, which is examined and certified by CFSK is offered at a Subsidized cost of Ksh.2,800, whereas the Google and Ajira Digital are free. This program, whose registration is ongoing, starts its training in Kapsabet School For the Deaf, Chemundu and Cheptarit VTC in Emgwen and Chesumei Sub-Counties. Thereafter, the same program will progressively be rolled out in all other Sub-Counties.

The youths are therefore called upon to enroll into this program at the nearest Vocational Training Center and get equipped with these skills.

For more information, call Kapsabet School For the Deaf-0723882420; Chemundu VTC- 0723638171; Cheptarit VTC- 0720919005 or County Call Center – 1548.

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19 Jul
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 1

COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS IN SUPPORT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPETENCE BASED CURRICULUM

 

Stakeholders’ involvement is key in the success of education especially in the implementation of Competence Based Curriculum focusing on early learning and basic education. Therefore there’s need for stakeholders to come together and dialogue for the betterment of students.

Today the county department of Education, Research and Vocational Training being one of the stakeholders, joined the Ministry of Education in the Nandi County Education Quality Dialogue under Primary Education Development project by the state department of Early Learning and Basic Education.

Ag. CECM for Education, Research and Vocational training, Jacob Tanui while speaking during the event, said that the county government is focusing on improving the environment for early learning through construction and equipping of ECDE Centres. He further called upon the National Government to work towards improving infrastructure in schools as a way of making a conducive environment for learning.

Mr Jonathan Misoi, Ag. CO for Education, also present during the dialogue pointed out the need for effective ICT integration into the education system and adequate training of teacher on ICT skills.

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18 Jul
By: Patrick Yego 0 0

COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO THE CONCERNS OF ECDE TEACHERS

Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) is an important priority area for every child in Kenya. It is the foundation for igniting the child’s potential for lifelong adaptability, innovation and communication skills.

The County Government of Nandi is focused on improving the ECDE services within the county; this is through improving the infrastructure used by the ECDE children and also by taking into consideration the welfare of the teachers. There have been numerous challenges facing the sector.

In the process towards addressing these challenges, the Department of Education and Vocational Training led by the Ag. Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi and ECDE Director Samwel Biwott held a meeting with stakeholders and more than 200 ECDE teachers from Chesumei Subcounty.

Photo: ECDE teachers from Chesumei

The main agenda of the meeting was to create an open forum to highlight the issues that directly affect the teachers. ECD caregivers play an important role in building a child’s success in their first years of school. Teachers do more than facilitate arts and crafts projects throughout the day. They provide structure and help children grow in their reading and writing skills, teach science and help children understand themselves.

Speaking during the meeting Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi pointed out that caregivers help foster growth intellectually, it is just as important to help children grow in their physical abilities. The Department of Education and Vocational Training is taking a step forward to ensure that our children are given proper care while in school. There was a meeting earlier with the teachers from Emgwen subcounty and the team is looking forward to meeting teachers from the remaining 4 sub counties in Nandi.

Photo: Ag. Chief Officer Education Jonathan Misoi

Director Biwott added that ECDE lays the foundation for kids to understand what school actually is. Teachers use a variety of methods to help children grow cognitively, as well as conceptually. A positive relationship with preschool teachers can make an exponential difference in a child’s success as they continue through elementary school. He urged the teachers to use the right channel when presenting their issues and also appreciate the support and take great care of structures which are being put up by the County Government. Currently there are 60 ECD centres which have been constructed by the County Government of Nandi and more than 50 others which are to start.

Photo: ECDE Director Samwel Biwott

Trained Eye Teachers Association (TETA) chairman Kennedy Koech applauded the County government’s effort in supporting the learning in ECDE Centres across the county. He further recommended the Department of Education and Vocational Training to look into the concerns of the teachers and find possible ways to address them.

Photo: TETA Chairman Kennedy Koech

Currently, there are 4843 girls and 5022 boys enrolled for the ECDE in Chesumei Subcounty. Parents are asked to enroll their children into ECDE so as to optimize the early years of children’s lives which is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success.

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18 Jul
By: Patrick Yego 0 2

YOUTH ASKED TO ENROLL IN ICT COURSES THROUGH VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES

In the modern societies, Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have been universally developed as inevitable tools for enhancing the quality of education by providing access to information and knowledge contents leading to improvements and innovation in teaching, learning and research.

The County Government of Nandi is in the forefront in establishing digital systems to make services proficient.  Provision of ICT knowledge helps to bridge the knowledge and digital divide between the developed and developing countries, enhance educational infrastructural development and provide educational resources for effective learning, perform library functions and provide innovative user services.

Chief Officer for ICT and E-Government Jonathan Misoi has emphasized that the County Government of Nandi is focused in equipping youths with computer literacy skill for the good of their future where every Kenyan needs to get on the digital space. He said that while addressing the media during the flagging off the last consignment of computers and network materials to the Vocational Training Centres in Nandi County.

Photo: Chief Officer ICT and E-Government Jonathan Misoi

“The 21st century skills requires that we deliberately innovate to find ways for our youth to access and upgrade their technical skills. From next month will train our youths on 3 areas, ICT literacy skills, Ajira programme and Google digital skills. We have a target to train over 2000 youths in the next 3 months. Empowering the youth is key and we are on track to deliver on that promise. We invite our youth to visit these centres and get enrolled. We are partnering with Computer for Schools Kenya, ICT Authority and Google.” He added.

Photo: CFSK technician

Head of Public Relations in the County Government of Nandi Kipsaro Boit also pointed out that ICT programs aim at introducing young people to online work and provide them with the necessary tools, training and mentorship to enable them to work and earn a decent income on-line. This will also improve computer education through research and also increase enrolment to Vocational training centres.

Photo: Head of Public Relations Kipsaro Boit

 

List of Vocational Training Centres in Nandi County per the Subcounty

Aldai

  1. Kipsebwo VTC
  2. Serem VTC
  3. Mugen VTC

Chesumei

  1. Chemundu VTC
  2. Cheptarit VTC
  3. Kaptel VTC

Emgwen

  1. Sirwa Yala VTC
  2. Kaplamai VTC
  3. Kapsabet School for the Deaf

Mosop

  1. Kurgung VTC
  2. Tangaratwet VTC

Nandi Hills

  1. Sigilai VTC
  2. Chepsire VTC

Tindiret

  1. Meteitei VTC
  2. Potopoto VTC

 

So far 280 computers have been supplied by the Computer for Schools Kenya. This is a well-on course that the Computer laboratories in all the 15 vocational training centres are fully equipped and functional.

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