Before the diocese of Kitale was heaved off from the diocese of Eldoret, the education department had been active within then wider diocese of Eldoret since 1954.
The education department was among the few ones that were established in 1998 immediately after the inception of the Catholic Diocese of Kitale, with Rev. Fr. Joseph Kamau as the Education Secretary. Fr. Kamau had been the education secretary in the wider diocese of Eldoret before the creation of the diocese of Kitale.
In July 2003, Fr. Joseph Kamau was appointed the Rector of the Molo Major Seminary in the diocese of Nakuru and the current holder, Mrs. Delphine Wachiye, a retired senior principal of St. Brigid Girls High School in Kiminini, was appointed to replace him.
Among the major achievements of the department is the fact that secondary schools increased from 38 in 2003 to 120 in 2016. We have over 300 primary schools, 4 Congregational primary schools, 1 Congregational Special Primary School and 1 VTI i.e. St. Kizito TI. There are 165 ECDE Schools. Diocesan Schools increased from 2 in 2003 to 8 in 2016.
The diocese also has had;
- i. Edukans who have built dorms, classrooms and administration blocks
- ii. ABY in 42 Schools to cub HIV/AIDS and avoid pre-marital sex
- iii. Child protection with WATOTO WATUNWE (WWP)
- iv. National Primary Schools Religions Education Program (NPSREP)
- v. Mock for Secondary Schools from 65 Schools in 2013 to 100 in 2016
- vi. Primary Mock from 2014 and 2015
- vii. Many teachers have trained in CISRET, TPC, CaPAP and CRE
b) Organizational Structure of the Education Department
The organizational structure of the Education Department is attached as Appendix 6
c) Functions of the Education Department
i. To enhance skills of personnel and policy-makers of church Sponsored and Public Church Schools E.g. Head teachers, B.O.M Members etc.
ii. To ensure continuous Evaluation of various activities carried out by church personnel in the Schools
iii. To facilitate the implementation of National Catholic, Education policies and other activities within the Diocese
iv. Organize and co-ordinate teachers' skills upgrading courses in C.R.E. at secondary level and CISRET at primary school level.
v. To address the diverse challenges faced by students through Chaplaincy and counseling services by taking teachers for T.P.0 and CAPAP training.
vi. Ensure that competent Catholic Chaplains are appointed by the T.S.C.
vii. To provide problem solving support to Church sponsored and private schools
viii. To seek and provide information to the Diocese concerning government education policies and plans.
ix. To ensure that there are proper and exhaustive consultations in a) choosing of B.O.G members and b) new appointments and transfers of Head Teachers in the Church sponsored/private schools.
x. To link at the Diocesan level, with the KCCB education in all matters pertaining the Education Management of Schools in the Diocese
xi. To establish a link between the Bishop’s office with all others Education Stakeholders in the Diocese
xii. To promote catholic education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
xiii. To implement and safeguard church education policies, such as religious traditions and other Christian values in schools.
xiv. To coordinate the teaching of CRE and PPI in schools, in collaboration with other Christian churches, parents, teachers and other local leaders.
d) Problems and Challenges
i. Lack of enough Manpower in the office
ii. Demand on Education Secretaries and Bishop to Attend functions is overwhelming
iii. Financial constraint
iv. Transport problems when there are emergencies
v. Establishment of schools on Parish church land without knowledge of Education department
vi. Lack of coordination of National Activities and Diocesan Activities
e) Goals and Visions
The goals and visions of the department are to have:
i. Leaners who graduated from Catholic Schools remain outstanding in living a worth quality live; a holistic life that makes them contribute constructively to the development of the Nation.
ii. Fostered the Catholic faith, doctrine and values among youths in school. Thus at least 70% of Diocesan Schools managed by qualified, competent Head Teachers of Catholic faith, who can in turn, imbued Christian Ethical Values in their pupils and students.
iii. Attained self-reliance, efficiency and effectiveness in the management of Catholic sponsored and private schools.
iv. Sustainably provide quality education to both boys and girls in catholic schools.
v. An education system that does not overburden the child, teachers and parents and enables the child to learn and play.
vi. Promoted a uniform system that provides equal opportunities to all regardless of creed, religion, tribe, race or location.
vii. An education system that promotes self-reliance.
viii. An education system that is universal and compulsory for all and free from political and religious interference.
i. Collaborate with the ministry of Education Science and Technology in promoting high standards of education by ensuring that education policies are formulated and implemented
ii. Establish the office of deputy education secretary, and/or REA
iii. Improve physical facilities in schools affected by helping to mobilize funds i.e. Harambee, CDF etc.
iv. Facilitate the running of workshops, seminars, PPI/CRE CISERET TPC & CAPAP Courses for institutions concerned
v. Promote harmony, cooperation and unity among the Educational stakeholders to avoid conflicts in schools
vi. Participate in all education related meetings e.g. C.E.B, B.O.M / PTA, AGMs. with a view to providing professional advice.
vii. Facilitate indirectly spiritual nourishment in schools through Clergy and pastoral agents.
viii. Promote Christian education values (by participating in Catholic World Education days, CTA re-unions, trophy awards and education days of Counties Sub-Counties and Parishes.
ix. Collaborate and network with KCCB Commission for Education when it comes to matters of implementing programs and with other departments
x. Facilitate the appointment of representatives on Sub-County Education Boards
xi. Ensure will that all Schools on church land are mapped out and properly registered
xii. Lobby for funds to build Girls boarding School in Saboti, Endebess and Suwerwa/Kachibora
xiii. Coordinate mock exams in secondary and primary schools
xiv. Coordinate CaSPA and CaPEIA activities mock exams conference and others
h) Main Strategies
The main strategies to be employed during the strategic plan period are:
i. The Diocesan Education Board will revise and implement the Diocesan policy on education.
ii. CTAs will be strengthened in Parishes in order to promote the faith, doctrine and values among youths in schools.
iii. In collaboration with the KCS, the department will develop and distribute suitable materials to schools.
iv. Conduct regular workshops for Head Teachers and school leadership to improve management of schools and promote self-reliance and sustainability.
v. Organise seminars for CISRET, TPC and REAP teachers to improve pastoral care in schools.
vi. The department will conduct seminars for BoGs and Committees of schools and representatives of sponsors in schools.
vii. Plan joint meetings with Ministry of Education, other churches, and religious groups to strengthen dialogue and collaboration.