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Group transforms education in Murang’a

By Metro Reporter
Following pathetic academic performance in Murang’a County, an organisation known as Murang’a County Initiative (MCI) has embarked on transforming education standards in the region.

The MCI was founded three years by professionals, business people and politicians from Murang’a to offer an all-inclusive platform where progressive ideas are tabled, discussed and implemented.
The MCI has already created a platform for headteachers of best performing primary schools and teachers of the best performed subjects to share the techniques they use to excel with their colleagues. The findings are later documented and published in a book which will be distributed in all schools across the county to aid in uplifting education levels.
Speaking at a workshop of the best KCPE performers, the County Education Director, Mrs Mary Gaturu, said Murang’a County was ranked position 40 with a mean score of 240 marks in past KCPE and they are aiming to improve the results with a target of over 260 marks this year.
Gaturu urged parents to take education seriously.
And speaking on February 14, this year at Ihuura Stadium during the MCI Third Award for Education Excellence which was presided over by the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, MCI Chairman, Peter Munga noted that the new Constitution which was adopted in 2010 created a devolved government system based on 47 counties as the framework of development at the grassroots. 
“Murang’a is one of these counties. The devolved government has created opportunities for professionals and business people to contribute to development at the local level. It is in this context that professionals and  business leaders from Murang’a met and  resolved to form an organisation to be known as Murang’a County Initiative (MCI), “ he said.
He added that three years on the MCI has evolved steadily as a non-partisan platform for professional and business leaders who consider Murang’a as their home County, irrespective of where they live or work.
“The organisation has offered an all-inclusive platform where progressive ideas are tabled and discussed and where projects and programmes are designed and implemented. Over the last three years of its existence, MCI has pursued a transformative agenda aimed at uplifting the standards of living of the citizens of the County and beyond and to make it a model County.
We are aware that effective formulation and implementation of ideas and programmes is an ever-present challenge. Alive to this fact, MCI has  organised itself around ten thematic areas as follows: Education; Agriculture; Infrastructure; Health, Water and Sanitation; Tourism & Culture; ICT; Security; Investment &  Industrialisation; Governance and Leadership; and Youth, Sports and The Arts. These form the thematic clusters which are in turn managed by sectoral committees of competent professionals who drive the agenda,” he added.
“The over 2,000 registered members of MCI serve in the various committees on a voluntary basis in their areas of expertise.  Moreover, MCI is committed to the ethos of inclusive governance. Each of the sector committee has a Chair who convenes and coordinates meetings and initiatives. MCI has a Steering Committee consisting of nine people, seven drawn from each of the sub-counties of Murang’a and two women to ensure gender  balance. The Steering Committee has an oversight role including running a secretariat based in Murang’a and headed by a full-time Executive Officer.”

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