More funds needed for technical training - ex MP

TVETS can help tackle unemployment crisis, other countries have done it

In Summary

• 64% of students will go for science courses, only 32% want liberal arts 

• Most village polytechnics have collapsed for lack of funding

Former Bumula MP Bonface Otsiula
Former Bumula MP Bonface Otsiula
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto have been urged to allocate more funds to support technical training institutions.

Former Bumula MP Bonface Otsiula has said that more youths are choosing science and technical courses.

Otsiula said 64 per cent of students from last year's exams will go for science courses. Only 32 per cent will go for liberal arts courses.


The desire for science should be a wake-up call to the state, he said.

The Jubilee politician said that state should revamp technical institutions by providing enough infrastructure, equipment and personnel.

He also urged the Education ministry to give more priority to research-based programmes.

Otsiula said most village polytechnics have collapsed due to lack of state funding and the small grants they get don't go far.

‘We have an unemployment crisis and technical institutions can offer courses empowering youths to create their own jobs," he said.

He asked the state to set up one technical university in each of the eight former provinces.

TVETs will help achieve the Big Four, he said.

Otsiula said some developed countries have adopted technical courses and reduced unemployment.

He asked Education CS George Magoha to elevate Sangalo Agriculture Institute in Bungoma to a technical university.