Laikipia Governor says Education is the main enabler of economic growth

No Country or County can achieve sustainable development without substantial investment in human resources, Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said.

He noted that Education was one of the major fundamental factors of development because it elevates people’s productivity and creativity and promotes technology and entrepreneurship.

I know education has been directly stated as a big development agenda in Kenya, however it is the primary enabler of the big four,” he noted.

The governor said there is no middle income Country in the world, where tertiary achievement was below 20 percent of the population adding that time is ripe for Kenya and Laikipia County to set a minimum target of 25 percent of the population to have this level of education.

Muriithi was speaking Thursday at Eagle chapel in Nanyuki town, during a meeting with the Ministry of Interior administrators in Laikipia County, which was convened by area County Commissioner (CC) Onesmus Kyatha.

Education should make the individual wholesome, confident, innovative and productive and it should not breed dependency or despondency, he added.

The Governor noted that the current status of the level of education in Laikipia County was wanting adding that in 2017’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 70 percent of the candidates attained a D plus and below.

He said urgent action was required to positively change the education sector with a motive to raise the levels, noting that the County will launch an education status plan in September 2018.

Muriithi observed that education should not be viewed as way of passing time or a path towards white collar job but as a move to make a person productive for their personal and the county/Country’s wellbeing.

The County boss pointed out that members of school Board of Management (BOM), should be individuals who are successful in life.

He prevailed upon the administrator to take it as their responsibility to ensure issues of education are approached in the most effective manner, so as to have a well equipped and skilled population in all sectors.

The Governor asked the administrators to sensitize people on the importance of courses offered at Technical Training Institutes (TTIs).

He said TTIs provides intensive skills aimed at training for self employment, paid employment and further education among others.

Muriithi said there are two TTIs in Laikipia County, one in Laikipia East (Marina) and another in Laikipia North (Muwarak).

He added that the Marina TTI was specializing in building and electrical courses and so far 27 students have applied for classes while Muwarak is offering mechanical engineering and as of now 55 students have applied for classes which commence on September 4, this year.

Vocational training is not for pupils and students who fail at class eight or form four, rather is for those with aptitude for technical and engineering work,” he added.

He said his government was offering shs8, 000 bursaries to each student who enrolls in vocational Training as a way of encouragement to do so and to complete their studies.

The Governor called on the administrators to use traditional leaders and elders during their barazas to convince Laikipia Population on the need to register on National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover.

He said the two levels of government are working towards the same course and promised to support national government’s departments in day today service to residents.

Source: Kenya News Agency