Recently employed vocational instructors for youth polytechnics in Kisii County have resolved to revive the institutions in a bid to benefit youths who don’t make it to tertiary institutions.
Speaking at Kisii Culture hall during an inaugural meeting on Thursday, the 220 instructors hired by the County government on a three year contract a month ago, promised to begin the work of revamping learning in the long ailing centres immediately.
Acting County Director of Vocational Training, Bundle Bhukala said shortage of human resource and poor infrastructure were the greatest challenges the institutions faced until the County government passed a bill to employ more staff and improve infrastructure.
Vocational polytechnics were started in Kenya by the National Churches of Kenya in 1967 and they had been under the national government until 2013, when they were devolved to counties.
Bukhala however, appealed to the county government to help improve infrastructure most of which was dilapidated and urged the youth to utilize the institutions in developing their talents and skills.
Noting that development of natural talents and skill acquisition could open avenues for self employment, Chairman of the area vocational youth polytechnics, Kennedy Maera appealed to the county government to employ instructors under the age of 45 on permanent and pensionable terms.
He also noted the need to consider giving bursaries to trainees who could not afford fees.
The vocational training centers offer trainees skills in masonry, hair-dressing, carpentry, tailoring among other courses.
Source: Kenya News Agency