Hola campus of the Kenya Medical Training College in Tana River County has been hit by students’ apathy and lack of facilities.
Principal John Keriri told the Tana River County National Government Service Delivery Coordinating Committee on Monday that the campus admitted only 16 out of the 50 students allocated to it by the KMTC board in 2018.
We were given 50 students but some parents refused to bring their children here, forcing the board to take them elsewhere, Mr. Keriri said.
This, he said, was due to the negative perception that Tana River was an insecurity-prone County, a notion he discounted saying his two-year stay in the County had proved otherwise.
He said the campus, the highest institution of higher learning in Tana River County, was only offering a course in medical records, which was not preferred by many in the County compared to other market-driven courses.
Our campus has not yet been accredited to offer market-driven courses such as nursing and clinical medicine, but we are negotiating so we can start offering them, he said.
The principal said the campus that was opened in 2016 lacked basic facilities such as lecture rooms, offices and hostels for students among other crucial amenities.
We are currently housed at what was meant to be a library while our students use a youth empowerment center as their hostels, he told the meeting chaired by County Commissioner Oning’oi ole Sosio.
He said the County government, under former Governor Hussein Dado, had allocated two pieces of land for the campus and hostels, but nothing had been constructed on the land to date.
The former Governor was very supportive but since the new administration came to power, it seems priorities have shifted elsewhere, he said adding, Other County governments have partnered with KMTC to set up campuses in their counties.
He said the County did not receive the Equalization Fund to construct a KMTC campus like other counties.
Tana River County Director of Education Gitonga Mbaka suggested that KMTC use one of the three newly constructed Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) centres in the County.
He said although the construction of the facilities in Galole, Garsen and Bura constituencies was complete, they were lying idle as they had not been officially commissioned to offer any courses.
Other than leaving the centres idle, I suggest that KMTC director contacts Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to explore ways of using the facilities as KMTC looks for funds to construct its own facilities, he said.
However, Keriri said the facilities were based in rural areas far from any hospital and would not be useful to students who have to carry out their practical lessons in a hospital set up.
Source: Kenya News Agency