The Government is set to recruit 2,000 trainers to meet the high demand for tutors in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the country, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Mr Ruto said the first 1,000 tutors would be recruited in the current financial year while the other cohort would be recruited in the 2019/2020 fiscal year.
The Deputy President spoke in Embu County on Friday during first graduation ceremony of the Jeremiah Nyagah Technical Institute where he said reforms that are being carried out in the sector were focused on relevance, quality and access of training programmes to meet the needs of students after the completion of their studies.
“We are recruiting more trainers to facilitate training in technical institutes across the country,” said Mr Ruto. Present during the event were area Governor Martin Wambora, MPs Njeru Ndwiga (Embu), John Muchiri (Manyatta), Eric Muchangi (Runyejes), Charles Njagagua (Mbeere North), Jane Wanjiku (Women Rep, Embu), Geoffrey Kingangi (Mbeere South) and former MPs Norman Nyagah, Lenny Kivuti and TVET Director Meshack Opwora.
Mr Ruto said the ongoing reforms on the country’s education system are aimed at improving the future of the young people by aligning education and training more closely with the labour market.
He said since Government had decided to use institutes to drive President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, more tutors were required to cope up with the rising number of technical institutions being established across the country.
The Deputy President said the country is yet to achieve its industrialisation goals due to the fact that previous governments had not prioritised the development of technical education.
“As a country, we have delayed on matters of industrialisation because we did not have the right vocational education system. We will now achieve the industrialisation needs of our country as we are now on the right track,” said Mr Ruto.
Congratulating the graduates, Mr Ruto told them that they hold key to the industrialisation needs of the country.
“The Government appreciates the contribution that is being made by technical education. Please, do not let us down,” Mr Ruto told the graduands.
He said the Government would upgrade Jeremiah Nyagah TTI to the status of a national polytechnic but asked the TVET director to work with the management of the institute to ensure that it meets the upgrade requirements.
Governor Wambora said leaders from the area would work closely with the national government in ensuring successful implementation of development projects.
MP Njagagua urged the Government to improve the Siakago-Kiritiri road, saying it was now in a deplorable state.
Mr Opwora urged students to utilise skills and knowledge gained from the institution in serving their country, saying technical education remains key to the attainment of the Vision 2030.