Kirinyaga youth polytechnics extend enrollment to older members of the community

The Kirinyaga County Government has ordered for the immediate dissolution of all Boards of Management for the area Youth Polytechnics.

The Deputy Governor, Peter Ndambiri said the institutions needed vibrant and focused management who would be able to turn around the facilities for the betterment of the community.

He said it was time that those entrusted with the management of the youth polytechnics be serious if they were to achieve the expected target of providing technical expertise to those who enrolled.

In Kirinyaga, our target is not only the youths who may not have preceded to higher institutions of learning but to any members of the community who want to learn and improve their skills.

He said the County Government has embarked on a project that has seen many of the polytechnics provided with ICT equipment where any member of the community could join and enrich their through technology.

Ndambiri said the project involved teaching the students on the many uses of the internet where they could source for jobs, markets for their produce and many other opportunities available in the internet.

This is why we want competent people in the management of our polytechnics, people who share our vision of making Kirinyaga County great, he added.

He said it was through the little effort that eventually add-up to creating impact thus improving the lives of an individual and the society at large.

Already, plans were at an advanced stage to open up a cottage industry at Mucii Wa Urata youth polytechnics where rice husk which has all along been a menace to rice farmers would now be processed into boards.

He said the boards would be used for ceilings, desks and any other service requiring the use of timber.

He regretted that the institutions’ Boards only existed on paper but their presence at the institutions has been sluggish.

The CEC for Education should from now declare vacancies for the Boards in all the 11 Youth Polytechnics and start a process of hiring new ones, he directed.

Ndambiri also instructed that the Board members must be men and women of integrity from the community surrounding such polytechnics.

I have learnt one of the things which make these institutions not to grow is that the Board members are picked from far away and have no attachment to the facility, he said.

The Deputy Governor was speaking at Nyangati Youth Polytechnic in Nyangati Ward which is among such institution started soon after Independence but has never improved

The Ward MCA, Samuel Maina who was present said he would be seeking to have more funds channeled to the polytechnic by the County Government to enable its expansion and modernization.

We cannot talk of expansion without parents enrolling more of their children to this facility given it had only 12 students in 2013 and 40 presently, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency