Stu­dents join­ing tech­ni­cal col­leges to ac­cess Sh500 mil­lion state loans

Government urges young peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­quire the skills needed in the job mar­ket. Ed­u­ca­tion CS says there are more than 220,000 slots in the col­leges

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency - OLIVER MATHENGE @Oliv­erMa­thenge

The government has set aside Sh500 mil­lion loans for stu­dents se­lected to join tech­ni­cal train­ing in­sti­tutes.

Another Sh15.8 bil­lion has been set aside to equip TTIs with state-of-theart equip­ment.

At the same time, the government has urged the youth to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­quire skills needed in the job mar­ket.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Africa Tech Chal­lenge stu­dent award cer­e­mony at a Nairobi ho­tel, Ed­u­ca­tion Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Fred Ma­tiang’i said there are more than 220,000 slots in TTIs that youth need to fill.

Ma­tiang’i said no stu­dent should claim they could not join a TTI for lack of funds as they can get fund­ing from the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Loans Board.

“We will do what we need to do to sup­port our TTIs. Our fo­cus is to en­sure we in­crease the num­ber of stu­dents en­rolling in TTIs,” the CS said.

He said some TTIs have the capacity to man­u­fac­ture ma­chines and spare parts, some of which have al­ready been ex­ported to China.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said the government is re­vamp­ing TTIs so they are bet­ter-placed to equip Ken- yans with tech­ni­cal skills.

He said the government has re­alised the need to train more Kenyans in tech­ni­cal fields to utilise the coun­try’s hu­man cap­i­tal.

Ruto said the government is keen on train­ing the right num­ber of peo­ple in the right fields to have ad­e­quate tech­ni­cians and ar­ti­sans to make the coun­try in­dus­trial.

“Un­less we have peo­ple with the rel­e­vant skills and com­pe­tence, Vi­sion 2030 can eas­ily be Vi­sion 3020. We have to align the train­ing we have with the needs of the mar­ket, based on the agenda and the vi­sion we have set out for our­selves,” Ruto said.

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