Gov’t unveils Ksh.6B World Bank funding for technical colleges


Gov't unveils Ksh.6B World Bank funding for technical colleges
Deputy President William Ruto at the graduation of The Meru National Polytechnic in Meru County on November 8, 2019. PHOTO| COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto on Friday unveiled a Ksh.6 billion World Bank funding for technical colleges which he says will go into supporting infrastructure, curriculum development and training of trainers.

Referred to as the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration, the World Bank project is expected to benefit the Meru National Polytechnic, Kisumu National Polytechnic and Kenya Coast National Polytechnic.

Speaking during the Meru National Polytechnic graduation the DP noted that underfunding had for a long time slugged the growth of technical institutions.

He however said more resources were being channeled into technical institutes with the government’s renewed focus on competency-based training.

“We have configured our curriculum in such a way that the colleges would churn out innovators, thinkers, and progressives with fresh eyes and a transformative attitude to propel Kenya’s growth,” he explained.

Dr Ruto said the ongoing revitalisation and upscaling of technical and vocational education would help churn out competent and entrepreneurial workforce who would drive the Big Four agenda and the Vision 2030.

He also challenged polytechnics and universities to develop their own income generating projects to reduce their reliance on the government national budgets and to strike partnerships and linkages with development partners such as the World Bank to further their cause.

He applauded the Meru National Polytechnic for its income generating programmes that subsidise the few resources it receives from the government.

Dr. Ruto said the recalibrating of the country’s technical education curriculum to match up with the labour market demands would provide the youth with employability skills, work experience and job-search abilities.

Last year, the World Bank picked the Meru National Polytechnic as a regional TVET institution for East African Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project in Building and Construction Technology, a Ksh.1.08 billion initiative that seeks to make the institution a centre for producing manpower for Kenya’s infrastructural needs.

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