Sh.110 m Technical colleges to be set in Kisumu

Two Technical and Vocational Educational Training Institutes (TVET) are set to be constructed in Kisumu County to tap into the growing demand of technicians in the devolved unit.

The two institutions, in Seme and Nyakach Sub-Counties have been earmarked for construction by the national government to the tune of Sh. 110 million.

The construction of the new institutions is expected to be complete by January 2018 and student enrolment to begin in May the same year.

Kisumu County Director of TVET, Lucas Ocharo said the initiative will go a long way in decongesting the existing institutions besides providing more students with technical skills.

The TVET institutions, Ocharo said, are playing a critical role in economic development adding that economic giants like Germany and China have invested heavily in equipping their citizenry with technical education.

As more investors continue to show interest in setting-up industries in the country, Ocharo stated, it was imperative for prospective job hunters to equip themselves with necessary technical skills.

This, he said will translate into more investments as investors will have a pool of skilled personnel to leverage their skills and thus preventing situations where investors are compelled to outsource manpower.

Ocharo observed that privately owned TVET institutions for such as Kisumu County Technical College and Nairobi Aviation College play a critical role in helping the government provide educational services and easing congestion at government institutions in the county.

By end of September 2017, the TVET Directorate had established that Kisumu National Polytechnic and Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) owned by the government had 5,300 and 1,200 students respectively.

Ocharo however, cautioned private institutions against advertising programmes they do not offer as a ploy to woo students warning that punitive measures will be taken against them.

The narrative that TVET institutions are a preserve for the poor performers and school drop-outs, he said, was hurting the image of the institutions and discouraging enrollment.

He urged parents to shun the narrative and enroll their children saying the government was keen on equipping and modernizing the institutions through installation of cutting edge training equipment.

Ocharo disclosed that the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) provides loans for TVET students but lamented the poor uptake of the funds in Kisumu.

As a move towards providing equitable access to education for all, Ocharo stated that TVET’s have also ensured that People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) are also equipped with skills which have seen most of them transit from beggars to become economically dependent.

TVET institutions such as Mawego, Sikril and St. Joseph Nyang’oma have been a game changer in the lives of (PWD’s) who benefit from them, said Ocharo.

In an interview with KNA, Kisumu National Polytechnic Senior Principal, Joyce Nyanjom revealed that the institution has a modern garment making facility besides a modern Computer training centre that equips its students with computer programming skills.

The facilities procured by the government under the modernization of TIVET institutions programme have given students from the institution an edge over their counterparts with majority of them becoming self employed.

The County Director of TVET however, urged the institutions equipped with modern training facilities to market their programmes and products to the market as most of them only showcased their expertise during Trade expos and Agricultural shows.

The TVETs, he said was the next frontier that would salvage the nation from unemployment crisis and ease the pressure on the dwindling jobs in the formal employment sector.

He added that TVET’s were the only way to cushion the country and the East African region from the looming shortage of qualified plumbers, masons, carpenters, tailors and electricians.

Source: Kenya News Agency