Muranga County is location in central Kenya bordering Nyeri County to the North, Nyandarua to the West, Kiambu to the South and Kirinyaga County to the East.
Education in Muranga County
Education is the key to human growth and development through the core functions of teaching and learning done in the county institutions. This makes the society more enlightened and therefore contributes to the overall development of human resources in the county.
This is one of the major sectors in the county since the growth and development experienced in other sectors relies on well educated people.
The county has 1080 ECD centres with total enrolment of 31,944 pupils and 1,127 teachers. The teacher/pupil ratio is 1:28.
The county has 634 primary schools, 6,324 teachers, total enrolment of 214,986 and a transition rate of 70 per cent. The teacher/pupil ratio is 1:34. In this category there is a shortage of teachers which the county government will have to deal with in order to ensure that we attain the required ratio of 1:20. There is need to improve the transition rates in the county.
Literacy (Population Aged 15 Years and Above)
The county’s literacy level stands at 70.1 per cent, where literacy level for male is 73.9 per cent and female is 66.7 per cent. This implies most of the county population can make informed decisions on matters affecting their socio-economic livelihoods.
The county has 292 secondary schools, 3,206 teachers and a total enrolment of 84,874 students. This represents a gross enrolment of 71.04 per cent. In this category, the government has tried to attain a teacher /student ratio of 1:26. There is need to put more effort in ensuring that gross enrolment is raised to 90 per cent.
The county has one science and technology institute (Michuki Technical Traning Institute), forty eight youth polytechnics, three accredited colleges and four non accredited colleges. All these are middle level institutions where the youth who don’t get opportunities to join the universities go and get skills suitable for the labour market.
Tourism in Muranga County
Main Tourist Attractions, National Parks/Reserves
The main tourist attraction sites in the county are the Aberdares National Park and cultural heritage sites that have a rich history on the origins of the Agikuyu people. Such sites are at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga and Karia Ka Mbari ya Ngware. Moreover, there are also ideal natural sites for hiking and camping at Rapid Camp, Aberdare cottages and sport and leisure fishing sites at Kimakia fishing grounds and Ndakaini Dam.
The main wildlife in the county are elephants which are the major source of human-wildlife conflicts especially in Mathioya and Kigumo constituencies. This is due to the constituencies’ proximity to the Aberdare forest which forms the wildlife habitat. Other wildlife in the county is Columbus monkeys and their related species.
Tourist Class Hotels/Restaurants, Bed Occupancy
Due to the untapped tourism potential in the county, there are no tourist class hotels or restaurants. This is because the available tourism packages are often irregular and the tourists usually visit the county during the day and then go to reside in hotels outside the county. However, there are a number of other unclassified hotels and restaurants in the county (e.g. Hotel Nokras, Fortune Green and Golden Palm hotel).
Facts About Muranga County
Area (Km 2): 1,798
Climate: Two seasons of rain; temperatures 21 – 35 degrees C
Tarmac 159 Km
Gravel/Murram 210 Km
Earth Surface 509 Km
Key National Monuments: Forthall Monument, Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga (Considereed the origin of the Kikuyu community)
Population of Muranga County
Density: 524 people per Km2
National Percentage: 2.44%
over 65 years11%
Government of Muranga County
County capital: Murang’a Town
Number of Constituencies (2010): 7 (Kandara, Kigumo, Maragua, Kangema, Kiharu, Mathioya, Gatanga)
Registered Voters: 427,458
National percentage of Registered Voters: 3%
Number of Districts (2009): 2 Muranga North and Muranga South (Maragwa)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 5 (Town Councils of Kangema, Maragwa, Kandara, and Makuyu, County Councils of Muranga and Maragwa and Municipal Council of Murang’a)
Law Courts: 2 Law courts in Murang’a South and 2 Law courts in Maragwa
Economy of Muranga County
Resources: Natural (stone quarry and Aberdare Forest)
Financial services: Banks and Micro Finance Institutions, Decentralised Funds e.g. CDF through Constituencies & LATF
Poverty Level: 29% of population live below the poverty line
Main Economic Activities/industries: 80% of population relies on agriculture, informal sector, tourism and manufacturing
Main Agricultural products: Coffee, tea, milk, fish, honey, maize and beans
Education of Muranga County
Primary schools 500
Total enrolment 47,691
Tertiary Institutions 12
Include Murang’a Institute of Technology, Murang’a Teachers College
Health in Muranga County
Hospitals: 3 District Hospitals and 2 Sub District Hospitals
Number of Doctors: 34
Doctors to Population Ratio: 1:30,000
Contact Muranga County
Murang’a County Government