A recent survey by the Public Service Commission on the Status of the Public Service Compliance with the Values and Principles in Articles 10 and 232 of the Kenya Constitution for the Year 2018/2019 saw Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) listed amongst top performers amongst Government Institutions.
According to the Evaluation Report prepared pursuant to Article 234(2) (h) of the Constitution released in December 2019, JKUAT had the highest overall Compliance Index rating of 61.3% among public universities, with Chuka University coming second at 57.2% .
Nationally, JKUAT was placed at position 25, while Chuka University was at position 33 amongst all government institutions, in the Compliance Index category. The Survey targeted 298 government institutions comprising 34 Public Universities. However, only 32 universities participated in the survey.
The survey was divided into four categories namely; Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices, Ministries and State Departments, State Corporations and Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs), Public Universities, Statutory Commissions and Authorities.
The Evaluation Report on the Status of the Public Service Compliance with the Values and Principles comes against the backdrop of the Commission’s recent launch of a new and transformational Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2024.
The report (left) was published in fulfillment of the Constitutional mandate provided in Articles 234 (2)(c) and (h) which requires the Commission to promote the values and principles mentioned in Articles 10 and 232 throughout the public service, evaluate and report to the President and Parliament on the extent to which the said values and principles are complied with in the public service.
The report captures findings from a survey of 281 public institutions out of 298 that were targeted for evaluation across the public sector. The evaluation focused on how the public institutions mainstreamed values and principles of governance in seven thematic areas: service delivery improvement and transformation; ensuring high standards of professional ethics in the public service; good governance, transparency and accountability; performance management; equitable allocation of opportunities and resources; public participation in policy making; efficiency, effectiveness and economic use of resources.