Technical institutions have been challenged to embrace new innovations in order to increase their visibility.
Vocational and Technical training Principal Secretary(PS) Dr. Dinar Mwinzi said the demand for technical training has increased in the recent past as the number of students exiting secondary schools opt for technical knowledge.
Dr Mwinzi was speaking on Friday during the 15th graduation ceremony of the Kiambu institute of science and technology.
She said higher education sector in Kenya had experienced challenges caused by globalisation, which had on the other hand condensed avenues for technical training.
The PS said it was therefore paramount for line institutions to think out of the box and ensure they have solutions to the challenges before they get out of hand.
Mwinzi observed that the era of globalisation had been marked by fierce competition and shrinking technical skilled opportunities that would give future generations new innovations that would be relevant in the industry.
However, there are abundant opportunities in technical skills and training that we can harness from the extensive changes introduced by new innovations, which can be applied in the technical industries, said the PS.
She observed that there was value in the technical industry, noting that the government was working with stakeholders who include technical institutions and universities to develop local sustainable solutions.
The PS said global research had identified technical institutions as distinct providers of technical skills, adding that through leadership in policy formulation, new innovations can spar growth in income and environmental conservation.
During the ceremony, about 300 graduands were conferred with diplomas and certificates in computer science, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology, cookery and baking among others.
The chief guest noted that technical institutions in the country had continued to maintain their leadership position in offering quality education, and therefore challenged the graduands to follow suit by embracing transformative attributes.
Her sentiments were echoed by the KIST Principal Mr. Benson Njogu, who added technical institutions had witnessed tremendous expansion since inception saying they were offering job market oriented skills to students.
Njogu said technical colleges had placed themselves on a new platform of ensuring that the institutions were well managed and were at the same time able to deliver prompt and efficient quality technical services to the students.
Source: Kenya News Agency