The County Executive Committee Member in charge of Education Hon. James Mutugi has announced plans
by the County Government of Kirinyaga in partnership with the donor community to enforce a school
feeding programme in all ECDE Centres across the County. This he said will benefit a total of 15,000 pupils who are domiciled in pre- primary schools across the 20 wards in Kirinyaga. Hon. Mutugi further said that plans are at an advanced stage to construct a total of 15 state of the art ECDE classrooms before the end of the 2023/24 fiscal year.
He also pointed out that the department, in the spirit of implementing the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), has set aside a total of Kes. 5 Million for digital learning in various pilot Centers.
The committee on Education which is Chaired by Murinduko Ward MCA Hon. Charles Nyamu was also briefed that a total of 34,799 students benefited from the Kes. 108 million bursary kitty with 3,017 university students, 4,209 tertiary institutions students and 27,573 secondary school students retained in school curtesy of the bursary intervention.
Hon. Charles Nyamu urged the CECM Member to be steadfast in disbursing bursary funds on time as that would caution students and parents from inconveniencies in future.
Nominated Member who represents people living with disability Hon. Beatrice Mitaru, questioned the reason behind delays in establishing a vocational Centre of excellence for people living with disability at Kamaigua Vocational Centre. In his response, the CECM Member said that plans for the said interventions are currently being handled by the department of Gender and that a modern dormitory has already been built to that effect.
In his closing remarks, Hon.James Mutugi urged Members of the education committee to allocate the department more resources as that would help in implementing key programs which have been earmarked in the work plan.