VISIONVision & Mission

To promote competitive education, training, research, sustainable social cultural and economic empowerment for all.

MISSION

To provide promote and co-ordinate quality education and training, implement responsive policies for a balanced social cultural and economic development of the county and vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The sector plays a crucial role to develop skilled and competent workforce to drive social- economic growth and development in the log-term. The introduction of free primary education and subsidized secondary education has led to significant enrolments in the sector. The county will continue to invest more in school infrastructure with the support from other development partners.
The county proposes to introduce a comprehensible E.C.D.E programme to employ teachers in every Centre to ensure access to quality education for the under 5s significant investments will be made to improve tertiary institutions especially youth polytechnics and Technical institutions. The county will continue to improve these institutions in order to provide more opportunities to the many students graduating from primary and secondary schools.

Key Achievements

• First county education day successfully held on 18.7.2014
• Launch of first year 2014 intake of youth polytechnics at Muthambi girls on 27 Jan 2014.381 students enrolled the number have risen to 505.2nd years are 451. Total 956 students in all youth polytechnics.
• E.C.D.E centres have been visited and teachers being advised accordingly.
• Phase 1 training of 150 women on various skills example tie and dye, bead work etc.
• The department organized for volleyball and football competitions from ward level to county level.
• The department donated books worth 1.2 million to 19 continuing secondary classes.
• The county through the department hosted world menstrual hygiene day on 28 May 2014.
• Many youth groups benefited from your funds in the county.
• A draft bill on education has been drawn and wil assist needy students in the county.

Challenges

• Lack of enough funds to carry out the department activities
• Delays in releasing funds for developments lack of office space for department employees
• Lack of office space for department employee
• Most of development projects funded are not devolved in nature.

Services Offered by the Department

• Lack of enough funds to carry out the department activities
• Delays in releasing funds for developments lack of office space for department employees
• Lack of office space for department employee
• Most of development projects funded are not devolved in nature.

CEC MEMBER

NAME : BENJAMIN K. NJOKA
Holder of masters in Education Administration & Management, Bachelor of Education and Strategic leadership in development programme. Before his appointment he was County Director of Education with Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
He has served as a Treasurer for Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools, Sports Association, Sports Administrator, treasurer of Kenya Sec. Schools. He was a Senior Principal in Chogoria Boys H. School.

CHIEF OFFICER

NAME: DR. KENNETH K. RUCHA (PhD)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Health Service Management)
• Master of Public Health ( Health Service Management)
• Deputy Health Administrative Officer (Ministry of Health (1992-2013)

In the County, there are 448 ECDE centers distributed as follows:

• Tharaka South Sub/County – 101 Ecde Centres
• Tharaka North S/County – 62 Ecde Centres
• Maara Sub/County – 138 Ecde Centres
• Meru South Sub/County – 147 Ecde Centres

There are 18 youth Polytechnics in the County distributed as follows
• Maara Sub-county – 8 Y/p
• Meru sub-county – 8Y/ P
• Tharaka North Sub-county – 2 Y/p
These polytechnics are managed by qualified managers who report directly to District Y. Training Officers and subsequently to the Director of Youth Training in the County.