Dr. John O. Onsati an expert of Organizational Development and Transformation, Education and Training, was appointed Chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council on 3rd May, 2019 after serving three years as a member of the KNEC Council. During his three years at the Council, Dr. Onsati who also served as the Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the Council from 2016 to 2019 is a diligent, meticulous and astute member who immensely contributed to the success of the broad reforms that enhanced the integrity and credibility of Kenya’s examinations system.
Dr. John Onsati, who holds a Doctorate degree in Organizational Development and Transformation from Cebu Doctor’s University, Philippines and a Master of Science (MSc) degree from Victoria University of Manchester UK, has an enviable experience in the education sector spanning decades.
Born on 31st March 1953, Dr. Onsati started his early education at Kioge D.O.K. Primary school before joining Mawego Technical Secondary School where he sat for Kenya Junior Secondary Education (KJSE) examination in 1970. He moved to the now Technical University of Mombasa for a two-year Pre-Technician course graduating in 1972. From 1973 to 1984 Dr. Onsati went through the now Technical University of Kenya graduating with an Ordinary Diploma in 1976 and a Higher Diploma in 1984. Between 1976/1977, he obtained a Technical Teachers’ certificate from the same institution.
He started his professional career as a Technical Teacher at Sigalagala Technical Secondary School in 1977 before moving to the Kenya Polytechnic (now Technical University of Kenya) in 1985 as an Assistant Lecturer.
Between 1990 and 1994, he served at the Office of the President (Department of Defense) as a Lecturer at the Kenya Armed Forces Technical College. In 1994, he moved to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology as Senior Technical Training Officer and was deployed as a Provincial Technical Training Officer - Nairobi Province - in charge of technical institutions up to 2000.
In addition, Dr. Onsati served at the Ministry of Home Affairs – National Youth Service Engineering Institute as a Deputy Principal for two years before becoming the Principal for a year in 2003 at the same institution.
From 2003 to 2008, he worked under the Teachers Service Commission as Deputy Principal at the Kenya Polytechnic, Senior Principal of Rift Valley Institute of Science & Technology before retiring in 2008 after serving as Senior Principal at the Nyeri Technical Training Institute.
Dr. Onsati has attended numerous short courses, workshops and seminars to bolster his profession in technical education.
He has also served as a National Treasurer to the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions, Board Member of Muhuri Muchiri Secondary School, Nairobi and Council Member of Embu University College.
Dr. Onsati has received several awards and recognitions during his sterling career in the education and leadership sector.