Government To Establish TVET College In Every Constituency
Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the Principal Secretary (PS) of the State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, has reaffirmed the National Government’s determination to establish a TVET college in every Kenyan constituency.
“The government is steadfast on the promise for a public TVET College in every constituency in Kenya. Today, we’re here to fulfill that promise to the Taita constituency,” said Dr. Mwakima.
Dr. Mwakima was present to initiate the building of boys’ and girls’ hostels at Wumingu Technical & Vocational College.
The hostels are deemed a smart move that will bring more students to the center and capitalize on the institution’s vitality for the community’s growth.
“The hostels will be an incentive for more students to join this institution. With more students and more activities, the community will reap the benefits of providing professional, and casual labour, as well as supplying commodities to the college,” said Dr. Mwakima.
The national government, through the State Department for Technical and Vocational Training, has invested more than Sh160 million to establish a classroom block, equip the technical and ICT laboratories, and provide financial assistance to economically disadvantaged students.
“The national government is committed to seeing the benefits of technical education trickle down to the grassroots. Over Sh160 million has been invested here in terms of construction, equipment, and grants to students,” PS Mwakima added.
Lucy Maghanga, a first-year student at the institution, stated that without the Wumingu College in her village, she would have been unable to continue her education.
Lucy and several of her peers did not fare well enough on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) to get admission to any of the secondary schools in the area.
As a result, they were presented with a decision regarding their desire to continue their education.
Fortunately, Wumingu TVET College was founded, giving Lucy and her coworkers much-needed comfort.
Not only were they admitted to the college, but they also received government grants to cover a portion of their tuition.
Nationally, there are 234 public TVET colleges, a number only shy of the national government’s goal of one college per constituency.
TVET colleges have become a light of hope for technically capable students in remote sections of the country, as well as a driver of growth in these places.
Students who would have been excluded from the education discourse are now enrolled in these colleges, and rural areas are receiving empowerment from the bottom up, according to Dr. Mwakima.
Each student at a public TVET college is eligible for an Sh30,000 educational loan to cover a portion of the average course cost of Sh56,000.
According to TVET Director Tom Mulati, the inexpensive pricing and funding are intended to ensure that no student is excluded from the grassroots competency-based initiative to empower communities.
Not only are the courses inexpensive, but students also have access to educational loans.