Margaret Kobia is a Kenyan who was born in Meru County and nominated as Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, on 26th January 2018, by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kobia served as the Chairperson of the Kenya Public Service Commission, from December 2012 to January 2018, prior to her current position.
Margaret was born in Meru County, though her exact age is not yet revealed but will be updated as soon as it’s available.
Margaret was born to a mother who was a farmer and housewife while a father was a police officer. Margaret is the first born in a family of seven members, five sisters and two brothers.
Margaret is a married mother of three children, one son and two daughters though the details about her husband is still unknown, this will be updated as soon as it’s available.
She attended Mariinya ‘A’ Ruibi Primary School for her primary education and then went to Alliance Girls High School, which she joined in 1972 and graduated in 1977.
Kobia was admitted to the University of Nairobi where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree in 1979. Kobia was then admitted to Kenyatta University, in 1990, where she earned a Master of Education (MEd) degree, specializing in teacher education, in 1991. Later Kobia graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Human Resource Education and Entrepreneurship, from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, in 2003, on scholarship.
Margaret Kobia Career
In 1981, she started teaching at Ngara Girls’ High School, right after her first degree. Kobia joined the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) as a research officer and test developer, after teaching for six years at Ngara.
She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Education at Kenya Science Teachers’ College, in 1992. Then, Margaret moved to Kenyatta University as the Acting Deputy Registrar and the Director of the Students’ Welfare Services Board, in 1996. She was appointed Assistant Commission Secretary at the Commission for Higher Education, (now known as Commission for University Education), in 2002. She then returned to teaching as a senior lecturer in Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methodology at Strathmore University.
She was appointed the director at Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA), (now known as Kenya School of Government), serving in that capacity from 2005 to 2012, when Margaret was appointed the chairperson of the Kenya Public Service Commission, being the first Kenyan woman to serve in that position.
Margaret Kobia Awards
-Head of Commendations
-Order of Grand Warrior (OGW)
-First Class Order of Chief Burning Spear (CBS)
-Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award 2010,